These publications are available for purchase at our Society meetings (see the price list) and many also in the Almonry; selected titles are also available from the Evesham Hotel. Some titles are available for purchase from amazon.co.uk and lulu.com (you will pay a little more from online retailers than from the Almonry).
Simon de Montfort: The Fatal Hours (by John Kyte and Carmel Langridge)
To coincide with the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Evesham, a new publication is available from Carmel Langridge and John Kyte. The authors have set out to give the reader an idea of the main players involved with both the rebels (Simon de Montfort) and the Royalists (Prince Edward) – the Barons and knights of the realm who were distinguished by the blazons or armorial arms that they bore. This account describes the few hours before the battle and the hours following, and the factors which would have an influence on the outcome.
A lost bell of Evesham Abbey? (by Stan Brotherton)
The fourth bell of the church of St Nicholas, Gloucester, bears a most intriguing inscription which (translated into English) reads: Saint John the Baptist; pray for us SL / in the time of the sacrist Clement Lichfield, Robert Hendley / made me in honour of Mary Magdalene. What are we to make of these remarkable lines? In this book, local historian Stan Brotherton explores the implications of the inscription, the church of Gloucester St Nicholas, the work of bell-founder Robert Hendley, the bells of Evesham, and the life of Clement Lichfield, to ask…. is this a lost bell of Evesham Abbey?
Evesham Abbey Bell Tower: an architectural and documentary history (by George Demidowicz and Toni Demidowicz)
A thoughtful and thorough history of Evesham’s iconic Bell Tower; this lavishly illustrated work discusses and details the history and architecture of this beautiful building, supplemented by a detailed chronology based on a close examination of archive sources. This is not only a definitive local history, but also an important one: linking the modern market town with its ancient sacred roots.
Sir Henry Fowler KBE: An Henrican’s Engineering Journey (by John Kyte)
A fascinating account of Sir Henry Fowler, famous engineer, who was born and brought up in Evesham, educated at Prince Henry’s, worked as an engineer for the railways, munitions and other industries. In 1918 was knighted in 1918 for his services to the war effort in World War One. This book tells the story of Sir Henry’s life and work; illustrated with many images (some of old Evesham), with snippets from Sir Henry’s correspondence and including his presidential address to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Evesham Inns & Signs (articles by Tom Bayliss, edited by Stan Brotherton)
In the 1950s T.J.S. Baylis wrote a series of articles for the Evesham Journal on Evesham inns and signs. He was well suited to the task, being a native of Evesham, a former town councillor, a founder member and former chairman of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society, and one of the founder members of the Almonry Museum. The current book collects together his articles on Evesham inns and signs, supplementing them with appendices and indexes (on local people, places, trades, inns and innkeepers). These articles, the result of years of careful thought and detailed research, are full of humour and local knowledge and a boon to anyone interested in local inns, signs, or the history of the town.
Frederick Preedy (by Gordon Barnes)
A fascinating account of local boy, Frederick Preedy (born in Offenham), who achieved a powerful presence in church architecture and art in the Victorian period. Amongst other achievements, he oversaw the restoration of All Saints, Evesham, including the rebuilding of the chancel (including its fine Victorian stained glass).
The Lost Abbey of Evesham (by Maureen Butler)
A fascinating and fully-illustrated look at the famous lost abbey of Evesham. Includes some wonderful images by local artist Michael Barnard showing how the modern town might look if the abbey were still standing.
The Kneelers in All Saints’ Church, Evesham (by Mary Brotherton)
A richly illustrated history of the designs of the kneelers in All Saints’ church, Evesham, made over many years with care and dedication by the kneelers guild.
The Wood Norton Murder (by AW Stephens)
A study of a famous local murder; full of fine historical detail and insight.
The Civil War in Evesham (by Malcolm Atkin)
A detailed and thoughtful study by Malcolm Atkin, formerly County Archaeologist for Worcestershire and acknowledged expert on the Civil War. A detailed and thoughtful study of this “second Battle of Evesham”.
The Old Cotswold Dialect (by Charles Gardiner)
Charles Gardiner wrote a series of funny, articulate and charming articles on ‘The Old Cotswold Dialect for the Evesham Journal in 1959 and 1960. This book collects these articles together, rounds them off with a glossary of odd words and phrases, and illustrates them with some delightful pictures of some of the hidden corner in the Vale and the Cotswold Edge.
Flans & Wine (by Brother William, but edited by David Snowden)
A Benedictine recipe book from Evesham Abbey. A collection of seventy recipes from the fourteenth century from the Cellarer’s accounts of Evesham Abbey; ready to cook today. Full of tasty titbits and historical gems!
In Just a Few Minutes (by Mike Edwards)
Poems from the VEHS Minute Book by acclaimed local poet (and also then VEHS secretary), Mike Edwards.
Tops’ls and T’Gallants (by Mike Edwards)
An wonderful collection of sea poems by Michael J. Edwards better known to his seafaring friends as “Ted”.
Vale of Evesham Photographic Memories (by J. Royle)
A Francis Frith book with fascinating images showing how the Vale once looked…
Asum Grammar (by Ben Judd)
In deference to the wishes of innumerable readers and at fantastic trouble and expense, we are able to here present a collection of extracts from that learned work, long in preparation but still unpublished, treating upon the fascinating but difficult subject of ‘Asum Grammar.’ Ben Judd’s articles on this mysterious if not mythical tome were a wonderful, long-running and well-loved mainstay in the pages of the Evesham Journal. They treat eruditely and humorously on the matter of Asum, the ‘language’ once peculiar to Evesham. The current book collects together selected articles and, on the basis that too much of a good thing can be too much, intersperses them with snippets on local vocabulary (places, flowers, birds and suchlike) together with odd poems and snippets in Asum from the letters page of the Evesham Journal. The whole is illustrated by some lovely drawings by E.H. New (from 1904) of many local scenes and buildings.
Windows on Evesham Part 1: Evesham After the Romans (by Michael Hunt)
The first installment of Mike’s acerbic and thoughtful examination of the history of this ancient town.
Windows on Evesham Part 2: Monastic Evesham (by Michael Hunt)
Continuing with his thoughtful and close examination of the history of Evesham, Mike now turns his attention to the Abbey of Evesham and its foundation.
Secret of the Skies (by Michael Barnard)
Illustrations and anecdotes by well-known local artist (and Badsey boy) Michael Barnard, showing his long-standing knowledge and love of all things aeronautical.
History of Evesham (by George May)
A reproduction of the classic history of the town – George May’s History of Evesham (published in 1845). An invaluable reference work for anyone interested in the town and its surrounds.