Evesham Abbey Bell Tower Appeal
Evesham Abbey Bell Tower is undoubtedly the country’s finest and most famous detached Bell Tower, and is the iconic landmark of this ancient market town. This magnificent grade I listed building, which has served Evesham for nearly five hundred years, was identified as needing urgent and long-lasting conservation. It is over 60 years since the last major conservation work on the Bell Tower (1951): since then weathering has taken its heavy toll. All elements and elevations of the external fabric required some repair and conservation: from the plinth and middle layers to the pinnacles at the very top.
With your support the Appeal aimed to ensure that the Bell Tower (our local national treasure) is conserved and preserved for future generations. The target for our appeal was £500,000; a target which we reached in mid-2015. Many, many thanks to everyone who helped us reach our target!
People supported the Appeal by making a donation, by organizing a fund-raising event, or buying an item of exclusive merchandise. We had a lot of events:
- Events: June to December 2013
- Events: January to March 2014
- Events: April to June 2014
- Events: July to September 2014
- Charity Auction
- Cyclefest – the BIG One (Bell Tower to Big Ben; and back!)
- Cyclefest – Pedal Power & the Family One
- Bell Tower Ale!
- Events: October to December 2014
- Local history day school
- Evesham Rotary for the Bell Tower
- Events: January to March 2015
- Events: April to December 2015
You can also find out who won one of our special limited edition Bell Tower Awards!
All monies donated to the Appeal Trust can and will ONLY be spent in connection with this important and beautiful local national treasure. So what happens if we don’t raise enough? And what happens if we raise more than enough (fingers crossed!)?
- We don’t raise enough. In this case, we will fund as much work as is absolutely urgently required, focussing on the higher levels first (as they are the most difficult to get to; and scaffolding is expensive to hire).
- We raise more than enough. Excellent! And thank you! Any surplus after paying for urgent conservation work will go into a dedicated fund to support the long-term and ongoing maintenance of the Bell Tower.
Read about the two phases of the project – Development and Delivery – and check our gallery of the survey work done so far. There are also galleries of the damage we need to fix (pinnacles, middle and plinth layers); the Bell Tower in history; and through the seasons (plus some amazing images).