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Pershore Abbey


The buttresses on the left
were added in the early 1900s,
to replace the support from the
missing portion of the building.
Pershore Abbey, at Pershore[?] in Worcestershire, was founded in the 7th century, and came under the Benedictine rule in about the 10th century. It was originally dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin[?], Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and later to Saint Mary and Saint Eadburga. The main building was begun in about 1100. The abbey was dissolved in 1539. A monk of Pershore, named Richard Beerely, was one of those who gave evidence to Thomas Cromwell about the misbehaviour of some of his brothers, writing that "Monckes drynk an bowll after collacyon tell ten or xii of the clock, and cum to mattens as dronck as myss, and sume at cardes, sume at dyss."

The abbey church remained in use as a parish church. When the north transept[?] collapsed in 1686, a wall was built in its place. Further alterations were carried out, including a restoration by George Gilbert Scott in 1852; however, the church as it now stands represents only a small portion of the original building.



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