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Pershore Abbey, Pershore

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Pershore Abbey, at Pershore in Worcestershire, was an Anglo-Saxon abbey and is now an Anglican parish church, the Church of the Holy Cross.HistoryFoundationThe foundation of the minster at Pershore is alluded to in a spurious charter of King Æthelred of Mercia (r. 675-704). It purports to be the charter by which Æthelred granted 300 hides (about 36,000 acres) at Gloucester to King Osric of the Hwicce, and another 300 at Pershore to Osric's brother Oswald. It is preserved only as a copy in a 14th-century register of Gloucester, where it is followed by two charters listing the endowments made to the abbey until the reign of Link Burgred of Mercia (852-874). The 300 hides mentioned here are unlikely to be a contemporary detail, as they were intended to represent the triple hundred which later made up the area of Worcestershire. Historian H. P. R. Finberg suggests that the foundation charter may have been drafted in the 9th century, based on some authentic material. Oswald's foundation of a monastery at Pershore is not stated explicitly in the charter, but the Worcester chronicle Cronica de Anglia, written c. 1150, reports it under the annal for 683, and John Leland, consulting the now lost Annals of Pershore, places the event around 689. Patrick Sims-Williams suggests that the foundation by Oswald may also represent an oral tradition at Pershore, as its archives were probably destroyed in fires of 1002 and again in 1223.
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  • As a builder I am always fascinated by old buildings and the quality and detail of work achieved by ancient true craftsmen  more »
  • The Abbey is on the site of a Saxon church and the earliest parts date from the 12th century. There was a major refurbishment in the Victorian era which included opening up the lantern tower which is ...  more »
  • We recently visited the Abbey and it was sensitively and professionally updated to one side. This Abbey has some thumping information about the excavation of bones discovered whilst it was being prese...  more »
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  • It's an Abbey. Not into religion so can't comment any further.
  • Very impressive and beautiful, well worth making the effort to visit.
  • A beautiful Abbey in a picturesque town in the cotswolds
  • I was born in england and raised in pershore!

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