The Society publishes a wide variety of books and booklets These publications are available for purchase..

  • at our Society meetings
  • in the Almonry;
  • selected titles are also available from the Evesham Hotel.
  • an increasing number are now available directly from the Society online
  • from
  • some titles, including some which are now unavailable elsewhere, can be obtained print-to-order from .

(Note that you will pay a little more from the commercial online retailers)

(see the price list)

The Battle of Evesham – a New Account (by Dr D. C.  Cox)
“Such was the murder of Evesham, for battle it was none”. With these words the chronicler Robert of Gloucester summed up one of the bitterest and bloodiest days in English History – the Battle of Evesham in 1265.

Based on a detailed examination of medieval sources, this is the story of the death of Simon de Montfort, the collapse of his political cause, the shocking aftermath and his posthumous elevation to a national hero.

This is the new second edition of this definitive account. It is now available for purchase on-line. See here

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.

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This is now available for purchase on-line. See here

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).

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This is now available for purchase on-line. See here

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.

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This is now available for purchase on-line. See here

Chapels and Meeting Houses (by B.G.Cox)
Non-conformist chapels and meeting houses had been an almost completely neglected subject for research, even to those concerned with establishment churches. This book, written in 1982 by Benjamin Cox, gives a comprehensive survey of the chapels and meeting houses then standing in the Vale, and many that had been demolished or converted.

This is now available for purchase on-line. See here

Evesham’s Military Heritage (by Stan Brotherton)
Evesham has a fascinating military heritage, from the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and a fierce engagemenr in the Civil Wars in 1644 to the first and second World Wars. Author Stan Brotherton looks at some of the key moments in Evesham’s history, highlighting their impact on the town.

This is now available for purchase on-line. See here.


Windows on Evesham Part 1: Evesham After the Romans (by Michael Hunt)
The first instalment of Mike’s acerbic and thoughtful examination of the history of this ancient 1

This is now available for purchase on-line. See here.

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 2

This is now available for purchase on-line. See here

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?lulu cover v0 04 8 5x11 smaller1

This is now available for purchase on-line. See here

Flans and 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!

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This is now available for purchase directly from us onlne; see here or from Lulu here

Evesham Abbey Bell Tower: an architectural and documentary history (by George Demidowicz and Toni Demidowicz)
A thoughtful and thorough history of Evesham’s iconiccover hc v14 resized for web 766x1024 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.

We regret that this is now out of print

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.Sir Henry Fowler - front cover v7

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.evesham inns and signs thumbnail 226x288

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 kneelers in all saints

1265: The Murder of Evesham (by David Snowden)
A description of the pivotal Battle of Evesham in 1265 and the death of Simon de Montfort.murder of evesham

This is out of print but available from Lulu here

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.

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In Just a Few Minutes (by Mike Edwards)
Poems from the VEHS Minute Book by acclaimed local poet (and also then VEHS secretary), Mike just a few minutes

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”.topsls and tgallants

Vale of Evesham Photographic Memories (by J. Royle)
A Francis Frith book with fascinating images showing how the Vale once looked…

We regret that this is now out of print

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.asum grammar thumbnail 213x288


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.

We regret that this is now out of print

The Wood Norton Murder (by AW Stephens)
A study of a famous local murder; full of fine historical detail and insight.

We regret that this is now out of print

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”.

We regret that this is now out of print

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.

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We regret that this is now out of print

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