It was a lovely morning, but we were in no hurry to leave as we were only going to Evesham.
I was minding my own business when I heard children laughing and having fun. I looked out of the side hatch and there were three “dragon boats” (but without the drums) coming up the river. One of them was investigating the bushes on the bank, but they finally got going again.
Chadbury Lock is a very special lock for me. I mentioned yesterday about our friend, Mike Rayne and his partner Jenny. Well, all the locks on the Avon have a nominated Trust member to look after them. Mike and Jenny’s lock was Chadbury. Mike and Jenny put plants on a lock beam that had been placed on the lock side along with a watering can and a sign asking people to water them if they looked thirsty. The new lock carer has obviously carried on the tradition. I checked on them today and they were well watered, but I noticed that the watering can has now gone and there is a large water bottle there which was empty, so the least I could do was fill it up.
We moored up in Evesham once again. Richard took Muffin for a walk while I planned how many days we have left on the boat, how many meals there are in the freezer, how many guests we are expecting and how much shopping I needed. I do like to be organised 😊
Evesham Abbey was founded by Saint Egwin between 700 and 710 AD following an alleged vision of the Virgin Mary by a swineherd by the name of Eof. According to the monastic history, Evesham came through the Norman Conquest unusually well, because of a quick approach by Abbot Æthelwig to William the Conqueror. Only one section of walling survives from the actual abbey, although fragments of the chapter house, the bell tower and the gateway remain, which were added later: the chapter house in the 13th century and the bell tower in the 16th century. Simon de Montfort (1208–1265) is buried near the high altar of the ruined abbey, the spot marked by an altar-like memorial monument dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1965. The abbey is of Benedictine origin, and became in its heyday one of the wealthiest in the country. During the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey was demolished leaving only the bell tower surviving into the 21st century.
In the Abbey grounds are All Saints Church and its neighbour St Lawrence's Church which were built by the Benedictine monks of Evesham Abbey in the 12th century to serve the people of Evesham. All Saints is now the town's parish church, as St Lawrence's was declared redundant in the 1970s.