Saturday brought the wet and windy conditions that were forecast, although the rain was very on and off throughout the day. A narrowboat had difficulty turning around as the wind was just pushing him along. He gave up in the end and moored up. We had our planned trip around Pershore, and enjoyed it much better than Evesham.
The rain prevented pictures of the high street and market. Pershore is a busy market down on the edge of the Vale of Evesham. The former abbey is now the parish church of the Holy Cross. Originally built on the site of a wooden building in AD689 by King Oswald. This was replaced in AD983 by Ethelwold, and again by a later Norman building and consecrated in 1239. In 1288 a fire destroyed part of the abbey and much of the town (red brickwork on the outside of the abbey denotes this); much rebuilding took place until the dissolution in 1539. Of the original Norman building the nave and transepts survive.
Opposite is a smaller church of St Andrews, and is now a community centre. This was built by monks in the 11th century who resented the fact that the abbey land was taken from them.
Inside the abbey the ceilings are unique and called “ploughshare”, due to the fact the brickwork within the beams look like medieval ploughs.
On the walls are signs of the paintings being whitewashed over, similar to the guild house in Stratford. Most of this has been cleaned off and some of the original work survives.
We had a walk along the high street (I checked out the charity shops and bought a book). We walked around the busy retail market and I bought some fruit and veg; Pershore plums being a particular delicacy. I also bought a bag for our metal stakes to keep them tidy; it really was a travelling bridle bag, but had 20% off and just the right size. There was also a Pershore plum festival going on with live music and stalls. The fruit and vegetable market was the first co-operative of it’s kind when it was founded in 1909. The bulk of it now is just outside the town.
This morning we have decided to move. Engine on to get hot water for doing the washing. I had cleared the main bulk of washing last Wednesday, but like to keep ours up to date. Cassettes emptied, and water topped up, so off we go. Planning 2 overnight stops before Tewkesbury.