Evesham, All Saints Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century Horned Moses carving
All Saints shares a churchyard with St Lawrence church, now redundant and in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Why the two churches were built so close together is a mystery, but one local tradition suggests that All Saints was built to serve the east area of Evesham, while St Lawrence served the west.
The Horned MosesIn the church porch, behind a dusty glass case, is a is a remarkable 13th century carving, a figure of Moses with horns protruding from his head. The Horned Moses figure appears regularly in medieval art, the most famous example being Michelangelo's version in the church of S Pietro in Rome. The idea of Moses having horns comes from the Vulgate translation of the original Hebrew, which speaks of Moses having rays of light emanating from his head, like horns.
VisitingIt is quite extraordinary to see two such historic churches so close together; almost literally in each others' shadows. It is well worth exploring both churches, and do take the time to take the path behind the church, past the detached bell tower, to the site of the abbey, where you will find a memorial to Simon de Montfort.
About Evesham, All Saints Church
Address: Market Place, Evesham, Worcestershire, England, WR11 4RW
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Beside St Lawrence church, just off the Market Place. Several paid parking areas are nearby. Usually open daily to visitors.
Website: Evesham, All Saints Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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