Evesham Abbey Bell Tower is undoubtedly the country’s finest and most famous detached Bell Tower, and is the iconic image of Evesham. This beautiful late mediaeval building, which has served the town for nearly five hundred years, is now in need of urgent and long-lasting conservation work.
With your support we aim to ensure that the Bell Tower has a secure future for generations to come. The target for our appeal is £500,000.
Evesham Abbey Bell Tower is a grade 1 listed building (listing number 1081353). Built circa 1530 to hold the bells of Evesham Abbey; it was commissioned by the last true abbot of Evesham, Abbot Clement Lichfield. The work itself was overseen by Robert Vertue the younger. The Church and nearly all the monastic buildings disappeared following the Dissolution by King Henry VIII. Remarkably, and intriguingly, the Bell Tower survived the Dissolution of Evesham Abbey.
The Abbey dominated the town; the town’s two parish churches were built within the Abbey precinct. The Evesham Abbey Bell Tower survives as an outstanding building of its time. It is over 60 years since the last major conservation work on the Bell Tower (1951). Necessary work to the Tower extends from plinth base to pinnacles: all elements and elevations of the external fabric now require some repair and conservation.
Read more about the history of the Bell Tower and the town