Today they had a Heritage open day in Evesham so we were able to visit the Bell Tower and the Almonry Heritage centre for free. There was also an art exhibition on in the town hall and we almost bought a painting. We then finished the afternoon listening to a brass band from the comfort of our own boat.
As we were going to the Almonry we came across something that Frances thought would be interesting for the boat, if we had had more room.
Although she would have had to let me out occasionally, so that I could cook her meals.
The Almonry is all that is left of the abbey; it was used to distribute alms to the poor. It holds a very eclectic set of exhibits ranging from The Battle of Evesham through to the Second World War, early development of the telephone and what can only be described as a tidier version of my dads garage.
Rear of Almonry
The first surprise as you came in was an old square piano with a laminated copy of a Clementi sonata propped up on the music stand. Clementi had died in Evesham.
There was a 250th scale model of the abbey and surrounding buildings in another room, you can see how close the two churches are, but my how big and impressive the Abbey looks.
Model of Abbey
There was also a room dedicated to Simon de Montford who was leader of the Baron Reform Movement that opposed King Henry III and who was killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265. His army were cut off by the river which loops around three sides of Evesham and the Kings men held the north exit point, outnumbering SdM’s men three to one.
We made our way back to the boat and had the pleasure of listening to a brass band playing in the park over the river.
Well I think that we have had a very pleasant stay here in Evesham and we will probably move on to Pershore tomorrow, the river is very quiet, there have been a few boats over the weekend but they have now all gone and we are a lone boat on the moorings.
Statistics so far:-
828.06 Miles, 647 Locks, 47 Swing Bridges, 46 Lift Bridges, 7 Tunnels.