All Saints

All Saints church was originally built in the 12th century as a chapel for the monks of Evesham Abbey.

Evesham, Worcestershire

Opening times

All Saints is open usually from 9am to 5pm and all are welcome to visit or seek a quiet place for reflection.

Address

Market Place
Evesham
Worcestershire
WR11 4RW

The original Norman building was completely rebuilt in the 15th century to create an excellent example of Perpendicular Gothic style. The most impressive feature is the 16th century chantry chapel, built to house the tomb of Abbot Lichfield, the last Abbot of Evesham.

All Saints shares a churchyard with St Lawrence church, now redundant and in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Why the two churches were built so close together is a mystery, but one local tradition suggests that All Saints was built to serve the east area of Evesham, while St Lawrence served the west. Behind All Saints is Evesham Abbey Bell Tower, all that survives of the abbey.

The bell tower was built in 1530 by Abbot Lichfield, just ten years before the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII. The tower was spared destruction when the townsfolk of Evesham bought it for themselves. In the church porch, behind a dusty glass case, is a remarkable 13th century carving, a figure of Moses with horns protruding from his head.

The Horned Moses figure appears regularly in medieval art, the most famous example being Michelangelo's version in the church of S Pietro in Rome. The idea of Moses having horns comes from the Vulgate translation of the original Hebrew, which speaks of Moses having rays of light emanating from his head, like horns. Also in the porch is a carving of a pelican feeding its young, and an angel carrying the coat of arms of Evesham Abbey. These two carvings were rescued from a house that was being torn down in 1908. They were originally set into a chimney breast, and you can still see burn marks on the stones.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

  • Repair Grant, £10,000, 2014

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

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