HISTORIC BUILDINGS

Throughout the entire district you will find a magnitude of historic buildings and monuments; each with their own tale to tell. Take a look through the selection below with a short background on each. To find out further information on the individual elements, click the link where available.

Pershore Abbey

The main High Street is awash with independent shops, food, and drink outlets. Together with the indoor market in the town, it attracts visitors looking for unique gifts and experiences.
A thriving wildlife area via the Avon Meadow Wetlands synonymises a beautiful tranquil town where escaping city life can be enjoyed to the full.
To visit their tourism website, click here.

Broadway Tower

Broadway tower was the brainchild of 18th century landscape designer Capability Brown, and in 1798 his vision was completed with the help of the renowned architect James Wyatt. The location of the tower was chosen wisely with its dramatic outlook on to the pre-medieval trading rout and spectacular views of the surrounding area. To visit their website, click here

GWSR

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway offering a round trip of 28 miles. They operate steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery. To visit their website click here

Statue of Eof

Situated in the Market place in Evesham, this bronze statue is a representation of the legend surrounding the origins of the town
During the 8th century, a swineherd Eof (Eoves) was confronted by a vision of the Virgin. After telling his employer, Ecgwin, the third bishop of Worcester of his encounter, Ecgwin visited the same spot and was also visited by a vision in the same form. Interpreting this as an indication that an abbey should be raised in that place, this eventually resulted in the town which developed the name of Eoveshomme (Evesham)

St Augustine's Church

Dodderhill is home to St Augustine’s Church, the oldest site of any church in Droitwich and is often know as The Church on the Hill .We also know  there was once a Roman fort built on the top of the hill. Although we don’t know when the first church was built here, there was an Anglo-Saxon church on this site. Click here for more information.

Wilko's wall

The Wall of Wilko’s depicts Droitwich Spa’s Roman history until the modern day period. Among the historical events you can see King Ethelbald granting Evesham Abbey the right to a Droitwich salt pit and King John granting salt rights to the Burgess of Droitwich. Click here for more information.

 

Chateau Impney

A magnificent, historic venue. One of the finest, most authentic examples of French chateau-style buildings in the UK, Chateau Impney dates back to 1875 and holds a history as enchanting as the building itself. Click here for more information

War Memorial

The Broadway War Memorial was originally built in 1920 to honour the fallen soldiers and is a landmark within the local community. Its central location has made it a recognisable icon of the village and one of the most photographed spots in Broadway. For further information, click here

The Bell Tower

This magnificent detached bell tower was originally part of Evesham Abbey which was demolished during the 16th Century Dissolution of the Monasteries. Dating back to 700AD, Evesham Abbey was once one of the richest and largest in Britain.
The tower, which was constructed around 1530AD on the instructions of Abbot Clement Lichfield, rises to a height of 110ft.
The bell tower was extensively restored between 2015 and 2016 and holds a peal of 14 bells which are considered by many to produce the finest rings in the country. The bells were all cast by John Taylor & Co. Bellfounders of Loughborough with the original set dating back to 1951.

Brine Well

Gurney’s Lane is a site of one of the last remaining brine pumping stations in Droitwich Spa, which was operational from 1850 to 1921. At one point there were over 30 brine wells in the Vines park area. Click here for more information.

Sacred Heart Church

The Church of Sacred Hearts and Saint Catherine of Alexandria is a grade II listed building containing stunning mosaics which were designed by Gabriel Pippet and Carried out by Maurice Josey with assistance from Fred Oates and took over 12 years to complete. Click here for more information.

Winslow portrait

Edward Winslow was born in Droitwich Spa on 18 October 1595, baptised in St Peters Church and was one of four men who contracted the Mayflower and Speedwell for the Separatists journey to America. He is the only Mayflower Pilgrim with a portrait done from life and this copy hangs in the Droitwich Spa Town Council Chamber.

 

Pershore Bridge

About 0.5 miles (0.80 km) outside the town is Pershore Old Bridge over the River Avon. A bridge was originally built on the site, in about 1413, by monks, supposedly after their abbot, Upton, was drowned falling from stepping-stones. The scene is included in the historical window installed in 1862–64 in Pershore Abbey.

In 1644, during the English Civil War, a later bridge was damaged and almost destroyed. In subsequent years the bridge was maintained by re-using stones from nearby Elmley Castle and from the abbey. In 1926 the bridge was taken out of service for road traffic and is now used only as a footbridge.

Lygon Arms

The Lygon arm has roots dating back to the 13000’s and was a key connection between Wales, Worcester and London.  At this stunning historic hotel you can visit the suite that Oliver Cromwell stayed in the night before the Battle of Worcester in 1651 or even see the carvings of John Trevis’ name on the arch of the front door. To visit their website, click here

The Almonry

This 14th Century building was once home to the Almoner of the Benedictine Abbey that was founded at Evesham in the 8th Century.
Following the closure of the Abbey by Henry VIII, the Almonry became the personal home of the last Abbot, Philip Ballard
The Almonry has had a varied career: ale house, offices, tea rooms, private home, until it was finally purchased by Evesham Borough Council in 1929, opening as a heritage centre in 1957. Today it houses an eclectic collection that spans the prehistoric to the 20th Century.

Brine Pump

Tower hill pumping station displays some of Droitwich Spa’s original brine pumping equipment. Several brine pumping stations once operated in the town supplying brine to the saltworks and brine baths. Tower Hill is also home to Droitwich spa’s only operational brine well which was constructed in the 1890 but doesn’t seem to be used until 1921. Click here for more information.

Salt Workers statue

The John McKena sculpture of salt workers statue in Victoria Square was unveiled in 1998 . It depicts a family of salt workers working in challenging conditions to produce salt from the brine. The manufacture involved all able members of the family, young and old. Evaporation to get to the salt was carried out using large iron pans, heated by furnaces.

Upwich brine well

A brine well has probably been located at the spot of this well since at least the 7th century AD. In the mid 13th century the failing brine well at Upwich was blessed by Richard de la Wych, who was later canonised as a saint. An annual well dressing ceremony of singing and dancing used to be held here on St Richard’s day (3 April) to commemorate this event.

War Memorial

Evesham war memorial is a curved limestone screen situated in Abbey Park, Worcestershire. At its centre, the memorial has a pedestal topped by a bronze sculpture of a soldier wearing a helmet and carrying a rifle. The pedestal also features a bronze wreath and bronze plaque, along with two bronze plaques either side of this on the curved screen inscribed with the names of the men that fought and died in the First and Second World Wars, and commemorative inscriptions. Click here for more information.

Snowshill

Snowshill Manor is no ordinary manor it is packed with extraordinary treasures collected over a life time by Charles Wade. With his family’s motto being ‘let nothing perish’ he embodied this spending his life and inherited wealth amassing a spectacular collection of everyday objects. To visit their website, click here

Lido Park statues

Near to the lido are two wooden carved statues depicting a salt worker and a ‘spa man’. Both sculptures were carved by artist Tom Harvey . The spa man, unveiled in 2008, was carved after a tree was struck by lightening and the salt worker (shown), carved when a tree was removed, was unveiled in 2015.

As you walk towards St Peter’s church look out for an animal mural created with the help of local children, as well as the elephant crests studded across the bridge!

Winslow statue

St Andrew Square features a bronze statue of Edward Winslow of Droitwich. Born in 1595 in the town and baptised in St Peters Church, he was one of the founding fathers of America who sailed on the Mayfower in 1620 . He was governor there for many years. The statue was sculpted by  Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie.

St Lawrence's Church

The church of St Lawrence is first mentioned in 1195 although most of the present structure dates from the 15th and 16th Centuries. Part of a triptych of stunning buildings alongside the parish church of All Saints and the Bell Tower of Evesham Abbey, its most imposing feature is a breath taking stained glass window with elaborate tracery.

Vines Park mosaic

As part of the restoration of the Droitwich Canals, a mosaic showcasing the history of salt making in Droitwich was produced and is located near the canal. The finished piece is made from 70,000 pieces of Tesserae (pieces of special glass) and took over 500 hours to make.

Pershore Abbey

Chateau Impney

Pershore Bridge

Evesham War Memorial

Evesham Bell Tower

St Lawrence Church

Statue of Eof

The Almonry

Broadway Tower

Broadway War Memorial

Lygon Arms

Snowshill Manor and Gardens

GWSR

Gurney's Lane Brine Well

Tower Hill Brine Pump

Sacred Heart Church

Wall of Wilko's

St Augustine's Church

Edward Winslow Statue

Salt workers statue

Lido Park statues

Edward Winslow Portrait

Upwich Brine Well

Vines Park mosaic