Pershore Abbey



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A much larger abbey church, dating back to AD 1020, was truncated after the Dissolution, leaving just a magnificent lantern tower of 1330, the monk’s quire to serve as a nave, and a high triforium and clerestory built in 1239. What remains has been shored up with buttresses over the centuries. The building was restored with great skill by George Gilbert Scott in the mid-19th century, to include an extraordinary ‘floating’ bell-ringing platform, designed to reveal the tower’s interior for the first time. Look up also to see the unusually shaped ‘ploughshare’ stone vaulting, so-called for its elongated V-shapes. The stained glass is Victorian, and includes one, by Hardman, which depicts the history of the abbey.

Pershore Abbey


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Main building fully accessible, ramps to the raised east end
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open daily 8–5.30

About the area

Discover Worcestershire

Worcestershire is a county of rolling hills, save for the flat Vale of Evesham in the east and the prominent spine of the Malverns in the west. Nearly all of the land is worked in some way; arable farming predominates – oilseed rape, cereals and potatoes – but there are concentrated areas of specific land uses, such as market gardening and plum growing.

Worcester is the county town, and home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, which has what some regard as the most attractive grounds in the country, in a delightful setting with views of Worcester Cathedral. The Malverns, Great and Little, set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, are renowned for their refinement. Great Malvern, terraced on its hillside site, came to prominence as a genteel spa for well-to-do Victorians, rivalling the likes of Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham with its glorious surroundings.

Sir Edward Elgar was a Worcester man, and his statue stands on the High Street, facing the cathedral. The cottage where he was born is now a museum and he is commemorated on the £20 note. Other notable Worcestershire figures include poet A E Housman, chocolate magnate George Cadbury; and Lea and Perrins, inventors of Worcestershire sauce.

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