History of Pershore

History in Glass, Pershore Abbey

from the red guide book written in 1915 by the Rev F. R. Lawson, vicar of Pershore

Swegan is Defeated

‘Svegan is Defeated’ In the year 1013 there was an invasion of Danes, who after sacking Winchester and Oxford, came to Pershore, and were defeated here by the townspeople commanded by one ‘Harley’

‘Harley is made knight in Jerusalem’ A descendent of the Conqueror of Sweyne joined the first Crusade, and was Knighted by Godfrey de Bouillon. His effigy is in the Church.

The Confessor giveth lands to Westminster

‘The Confessor giveth lands to Westminster’ A large proportion of the possessions of the Monastery were alienated by King Edward the Confessor and given to his own foundation of St Peter’s, Westminster. He built St Andrew’s Church for the Westminster tenants of the town. The Dean and Chapter are still patrons of the living.

King Charles breaketh down the Bridge

‘King Charles breaketh down the Bridge’ The army of the Parliament was at Broadway, and the King was retreating upon Worcester. The Bridge was broken down to protect his rear, and forty men were drowned, June 5th, 1644.