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St Lawrence's Church, Evesham

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St Lawrence's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the centre of the town of Evesham, Worcestershire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It stands close to All Saints Church, and to the bell tower of the former Evesham Abbey.
St Lawrence's Church and its neighbour All Saints were built by the Benedictine monks of Evesham Abbey in the 12th century. The first documentary evidence of the church is in 1195, and it was dedicated by the Bishop of St Asaph in 1295 (probably a re-dedication following the Battle of Evesham in 1265). The church was significantly rebuilt in about 1470, replacing the earlier church. From 1659 it ceased to have its own vicar and was served by the clergy of All Saints. The fabric of the church deteriorated and by the winter of 1718 it had become unusable. Repairs started in 1737, but these were done badly, and the roof collapsed in 1800. The church was abandoned. In the early 19th century, Edward Rudge commissioned the architect Harvey Eginton, who carried out a major re-building in 1836–37. This included adding a north aisle in a similar style to the south aisle, and rebuilding the roof. During the 20th century, the size of the congregation declined. In 1978 the parish of St Lawrence united with that of All Saints, and St Lawrence's was declared redundant. It was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust the following year.
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  • This old church had staff on hand to welcome you and once down the steps opens up to a beautiful interior that is resplendent with colourful windows and interesting war memorials. It is airy and... 
    This old church had staff on hand to welcome you and once down the steps opens up to a beautiful interior that is resplendent with colourful windows and interesting war memorials. It is airy and...  more »
  • St Lawrence Church is a now redundant Church in the middle of the town. It is part of 3 stunning buildings well worth seeing. 
    St Lawrence Church is a now redundant Church in the middle of the town. It is part of 3 stunning buildings well worth seeing.  more »
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  • A nice peaceful place to visit. This whole area is a great place steeped in history. The only regret is not being able to see what once stood on these grounds, long ago destroyed. Nothing can ever bring back the monastery only a good imagination and relying on artist impressions.
  • The most amazing bell tower, well worth a visit.

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