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"Such was the murder of Evesham, for battle it was none". With these words the chronicler Robert of Gloucester summed up one of the bitterest and bloodiest days in English history - The Battle of Evesham in 1265

Base on a detailed examination of medieval sources, this is the story of the death of Simon De Montfort, the collapse of his political cause, the shocking aftermath and his posthumous elevation to a national hero.

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by Maureen Butler

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CHAPELS AND MEETING HOUSES

EVESHAM'S MILITARY HERITAGE

by B. G. Cox

Stan Brotherton

Evesham has a fascinating military heritage, from the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and a fierce engagement in the Civil Warts in 1644 to the first and second World Wars. Author Stan Brotherton looks at some of the key moments in Evesham's history, highlighting their impact on the town.

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WINDOWS ON EVESHAM PART 1: EVESHAM AFTER THE ROMANS

by Michael Hunt

The first instalment of Mike's acerbic and thoughtful examination of the history of this ancient town.

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WINDOWS ON EVESHAM PART 2: MONASTIC EVESHAM

by Michael Hunt

Continuing with his thoughtful and close examination of the history of Evesham, Mike now turns his attention to the Abbey of Evesham and its foundation.

Non-conformist chapels and meeting houses had been almost completely neglected subject for research, even to those concerned with establishment churches. This book, written in 1982 by Benjamin Cox, gives a comprehensive survey of the chapels and meeting houses then standing in the Vale. and many that had been demolished or converted.

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A LOST BELL OF EVESHAM ABBEY?

FLANS AND WINES

by Stan Brotherton

The fourth bell of the church of St Nicholas, Gloucester, bears a most intriguing inscription which reads: Saint John the Baptist; pray for us SL / in the time of the sacrist Clement Lichfield, Robert Hendley / made me in honour of Mary Magalene. What are we to make of these remarkable lines? In this book, local historian Stan Brotherton explores the implications of the inscription, the church of Gloucester St Nicholas, the work of bell-founder Robert Hendley, the bells of Evesham, and the life of Clement Lichfield, to ask.... is this a lost bell of Evesham Abbey.

by Brother William, edited by David Snowden

A benedictine recipe book from Evesham Abbey. A collection of seventy recipes from the fourteenth century from the Cellarer's accounts of Evesham Abbey; ready to cook today. Full of tasty titbits and historical gems!

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EVESHAM ABBEY BELL TOWER:
An architectural and documentary history

by George Demidowicz and Toni Demidowicz

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SIR HENRY FOWLER KBE: AN HENRICAN'S ENGINEERING JOURNEY

by John Kyte

A thoughtful and thorough history of Evesham's iconic Bell Tower; this lavishly illustrated work discusses and details the history and architecture of this beautiful building, supplemented by a detailed chronology based on a close examination of archive sources. This is not only a definitive local history, it also an important one: linking the modern market town with its ancient sacred roots.

A fascinating account of Sir Henry Fowler, famous engineer who was born and brought up in Evesham, educated at prince Henry's, worked as an engineer for the railways, munitions and other industries. In 1918 was knighted for his services to the war effort in World War One. His book tells the story of Sir Henry's life and work; illustrated with many images (some of old evesham), with snippets from Sir Henry's correspondence and including his presidential address to the institution of Mechanical Engineers.

We regret that this is now out of print

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EVESHAM INNS & SIGNS

Articles by Tom Bayliss, edited by Stan Brotherton

THE OLD COTSWOLD DIALECT

by Charles Gardiner

In the 1950's, T.J.S. Bayliss wrote a series of articles for the Evesham Journal on Evesham inns and signs. He was well suited to the task, being a native of Evesham, a former town councilor, a founder member and former chairman of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society, and one of the founder members of the Almonry Museum. The current book collects together his articles on Evesham inns and signs, supplementing them with appendices and indexes. These articles, the result of years of careful thought and detailed research, are full of humour and local knowledge and a boon to anyone interested in local inns, signs, or the history of the town.

Charles Gardner wrote a series of funny articulate and charming articles on 'The Old Cotswold Dialect' for the Evesham Journal in 1959 and 1960. This book collects these articles together, rounds them off with a glossary of odd words and phrases, and illustrates them with some delightful pictures of some of the hidden corner in the Vale and the Cotswold Edge.

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IN JUST A FEW MINUTES

by Mike Edwards

Poems from the VEHS minute book by acclaimed local poet Mike Edwards.

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SHOWTIME INTERVAL

by Audrey Daniels

Miss Audrey Daniels taught dancing to generations of children at her front room studio in Queens Road up to her death in 1997 aged 83 years. This charming book is a both record of her dance school and a collection of poems on a variety of topics.

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1265: THE MURDER OF EVESHAM

by David Snowden

A description of the pivotal battle of Evesham in 1265 and the death of Simon De Montfort

We regret that this is now out of print

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TOP'LS AND T'GALLANTS

by Mike Edwards

A wonderful collection of sea poems by Michael J. Edwards better known to his seafaring friends as "Ted".

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ASUM GRAMMAR

by Ben Judd

A collection of extracts from a learned work, long in preparation but still unpublished, treating upon the fascinating but difficult subject of 'Asum Grammar.' Ben Judd's articles on this mysterious if not mythical tome were a wonderful, long-running and well-loved mainstay in the pages of the Evesham Journal. They treat eruditely and humorously on the matter of Asum, the 'language' once peculiar to Evesham. Illustrated by some lovely drawings by E.H. New of many local scenes and buildings.

We regret that this is now out of print

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An illustrated guide by the historian Benjamin Cox to the tollgates, tollhouses and milestones on the ancient turnpike roads in the Vale.
Note that the price of this book is reduced as there may be marks on the cover of some copies 

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THE BATTLE OF EVESHAM - A NEW ACCOUNT

by Dr D. C. Cox

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By John Kyte and Carmel Langridge

SIMON DE MONTFORT: THE FATAL HOURS

"Such was the murder of Evesham, for battle it was none". With these words the chronicler Robert of Gloucester summed up one of the bitterest and bloodiest days in English history - The Battle of Evesham in 1265

Base on a detailed examination of medieval sources, this is the story of the death of Simon De Montfort, the collapse of his political cause, the shocking aftermath and his posthumous elevation to a national hero.

To coincide with the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham, a new publication is available from Carmel Langridge and John Kyte. The authors have set out to give the reader an idea of the main players involved with both the rebels and the royalists - the barons and knights of the realm who were distinguished by the blazons of armorial arms that they bore. This account describes the few hours before the battle and the hours following and, the factors which would have an influence on the outcome.

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FREDERICK PREEDY

THE LOST ABBEY OF EVESHAM

A fascinating and fully-illustrated look at the famous lost abbey of Evesham. Includes some wonderful images by local artist Michael Barnard showing how the modern town might look if the abbey were still standing.

by Maureen Butler

by Gordon Barnes

A fascinating account of local boy, Frederick Preedy, who achieved a powerful presence in church architecture and art in the Victorian period. Amongst other achievements, he oversaw the restoration of All Saints, Evesham, including the rebuilding of the Chancel.

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CHAPELS AND MEETING HOUSES

by B. G. Cox

Non-conformist chapels and meeting houses had been almost completely neglected subject for research, even to those concerned with establishment churches. This book, written in 1982 by Benjamin Cox, gives a comprehensive survey of the chapels and meeting houses then standing in the Vale. and many that had been demolished or converted.

EVESHAM'S MILITARY HERITAGE

Stan Brotherton

Evesham has a fascinating military heritage, from the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and a fierce engagement in the Civil Warts in 1644 to the first and second World Wars. Author Stan Brotherton looks at some of the key moments in Evesham's history, highlighting their impact on the town.

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WINDOWS ON EVESHAM PART 1: EVESHAM AFTER THE ROMANS

by Michael Hunt

The first instalment of Mike's acerbic and thoughtful examination of the history of this ancient town.

WINDOWS ON EVESHAM PART 2: MONASTIC EVESHAM

by Michael Hunt

Continuing with his thoughtful and close examination of the history of Evesham, Mike now turns his attention to the Abbey of Evesham and its foundation.

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A LOST BELL OF EVESHAM ABBEY?

by Stan Brotherton

The fourth bell of the church of St Nicholas, Gloucester, bears a most intriguing inscription which reads: Saint John the Baptist; pray for us SL / in the time of the sacrist Clement Lichfield, Robert Hendley / made me in honour of Mary Magalene. What are we to make of these remarkable lines? In this book, local historian Stan Brotherton explores the implications of the inscription, the church of Gloucester St Nicholas, the work of bell-founder Robert Hendley, the bells of Evesham, and the life of Clement Lichfield, to ask.... is this a lost bell of Evesham Abbey.

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FLANS AND WINES

by Brother William, edited by David Snowden

A benedictine recipe book from Evesham Abbey. A collection of seventy recipes from the fourteenth century from the Cellarer's accounts of Evesham Abbey; ready to cook today. Full of tasty titbits and historical gems!

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EVESHAM ABBEY BELL TOWER:
An architectural and documentary history

by George Demidowicz and Toni Demidowicz

A thoughtful and thorough history of Evesham's iconic Bell Tower; this lavishly illustrated work discusses and details the history and architecture of this beautiful building, supplemented by a detailed chronology based on a close examination of archive sources. This is not only a definitive local history, it also an important one: linking the modern market town with its ancient sacred roots.

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SIR HENRY FOWLER KBE: AN HENRICAN'S ENGINEERING JOURNEY

by John Kyte

A fascinating account of Sir Henry Fowler, famous engineer who was born and brought up in Evesham, educated at prince Henry's, worked as an engineer for the railways, munitions and other industries. In 1918 was knighted for his services to the war effort in World War One. His book tells the story of Sir Henry's life and work; illustrated with many images (some of old evesham), with snippets from Sir Henry's correspondence and including his presidential address to the institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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EVESHAM INNS & SIGNS

Articles by Tom Bayliss, edited by Stan Brotherton

THE OLD COTSWOLD DIALECT

by Charles Gardiner

In the 1950's, T.J.S. Bayliss wrote a series of articles for the Evesham Journal on Evesham inns and signs. He was well suited to the task, being a native of Evesham, a former town councilor, a founder member and former chairman of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society, and one of the founder members of the Almonry Museum. The current book collects together his articles on Evesham inns and signs, supplementing them with appendices and indexes. These articles, the result of years of careful thought and detailed research, are full of humour and local knowledge and a boon to anyone interested in local inns, signs, or the history of the town.

Charles Gardner wrote a series of funny articulate and charming articles on 'The Old Cotswold Dialect' for the Evesham Journal in 1959 and 1960. This book collects these articles together, rounds them off with a glossary of odd words and phrases, and illustrates them with some delightful pictures of some of the hidden corner in the Vale and the Cotswold Edge.

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IN JUST A FEW MINUTES

by Mike Edwards

Poems from the VEHS minute book by acclaimed local poet Mike Edwards.

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TOP'LS AND T'GALLANTS

by Mike Edwards

A wonderful collection of sea poems by Michael J. Edwards better known to his seafaring friends as "Ted".

Showtime.jpg

SHOWTIME INTERVAL

by Audrey Daniels

Miss Audrey Daniels taught dancing to generations of children at her front room studio in Queens Road up to her death in 1997 aged 83 years. This charming book is a both record of her dance school and a collection of poems on a variety of topics.

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1265: THE MURDER OF EVESHAM

by David Snowden

A description of the pivotal battle of Evesham in 1265 and the death of Simon De Montfort

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ASUM GRAMMAR

by Ben Judd

A collection of extracts from a learned work, long in preparation but still unpublished, treating upon the fascinating but difficult subject of 'Asum Grammar.' Ben Judd's articles on this mysterious if not mythical tome were a wonderful, long-running and well-loved mainstay in the pages of the Evesham Journal. They treat eruditely and humorously on the matter of Asum, the 'language' once peculiar to Evesham. Illustrated by some lovely drawings by E.H. New of many local scenes and buildings.

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TURNPIKES, TOLLGATES AND MILESTONES

by Benjamin G. Cox

PUBLICATIONS

The Society publishes a wide variety of books and booklets. These publications are available for purchase.

  • at our society meetings

  • in the Almonry

  • selected titles are also available from the Evesham Hotel

  • an increasing number are now available directly from the Society online

  • from amazon.co.uk

  • some titles, including some which are now unavailable elsewhere, can be obtained print-to-order from lulu.com

(Note that you will have to pay a little more from the commercial online retailers)

BOOKS

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NEW!

TALES FROM THE LENCHES

By Christopher Seabourne

The story of The Lenches is the story of rural England - the waves of history, the incidents both dramatic and comical, and the characters involved - both rich and poor .

So much happened in these few small villages that it really was, and remains, its own world.

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NEW!

EVESHAM BETWEEN THE BRIDGES

By Sally Redgewell

This book looks at how Evesham has evolved along the banks of the Avon since the mid-19th century - the coming of the railway and the construction of the Workman Bridge - to the present day. The transformation of the meadows, the Rowing Club, the steamboats, and a glimpse into some of the influential people of the time. The information is joined by many amusing stories and anecdotes

Publications: What's On
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 A Storm of Fire and Leaden Hail
The Civil War in Evesham

by Malcolm Atkin

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HISTORY OF EVESHAM

A reproduction of the classic history of the town - George May's History of Evesham (Published in 1845). An invaluable reference work for anyone interested in the town and its surroundings.

We regret that our edition of this famous book is now out of print

by George May

A detailed and thoughtful study by Malcolm Atkin, formerly County Archaeologist for Worcestershire and acknowledged expert on the Civil War. A detailed and thoughtful study of this "second Battle of Evesham".

There are only a couple of copies remaining, but a new edition is in preparation  Watch this space!

THE KNEELERS IN ALL SAINTS CHURCH

by Mary Brotherton

A richly illustrated history of the designs of the kneelers in All Saints' church, Evesham, made over many years with care and dedication by the kneelers guild.

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