The beautiful, albeit rural, town of Evesham is one of the most fascinating parts of the county of Worcestershire. Once the home of some of the most impressive buildings in England, Evesham has since been changed irrevocably from the hands of time as well as the hands of nature. Much of this has to do with the fact that Evesham was once contained within a loop made by the famed River Avon. This river, as anybody familiar with towns like Stratford know, is well known for flooding and Evesham happens to sit at a point where flooding is almost a guarantee rather than a frightful possibility.
The terrible floods that have plagued Evesham ever since its inception have been documented as far back as the 1100s. To be sure, it is surprising that any buildings still stand in the town and the ones that still do are definitely of the highest quality as far as building material is concerned. One particularly devastating flood hit Evesham in the 1920s and it was considered to be the fifth worst in the past 100 years. In 1998 the River Avon flooded once again and this was one of the most prominent floods of the century. It is said that the river rose to almost twenty feet taller than its normal level and even more historic buildings were rent asunder. The most recent flood, which occurred in 2007, was a result of a staggering amount of rainfall and many experts say it was the highest amount of rainfall experienced in the town in over two hundred years. The subsequent flood was considered to be the worst in the history of such recordings. All the flooding throughout Evesham's history hasn't been completely bad, however. Due to the constant deluges the soil in and around Evesham is considered to be among the most fertile in the region. As such, Evesham is widely known for producing some of the most delicious fruits and vegetables in England. All around the town one can find beautiful and lush orchards that deliver delicious bounties to nearly every part of the United Kingdom.
As mentioned before, many of Evesham's most beautiful buildings built throughout its history are sadly no longer with us. One of these treasures happens to be the famed Evesham Abbey. There was once a time when this was the largest and most glorious Abbey in the entire continent. It wasn't floods that destroyed this monumental structure, though; it was in fact none other than Henry VIII and his pivotal decision to dissolve the monastery structures throughout the country. This turned Evesham Abbey into an old, dilapidated relic that was eventually completely destroyed. Though it is truly sad to think that we are unable to see what was once the most lauded abbey in Europe, we can take some solace in the fact that the beloved Lichfield Bell Tower still stands where the Abbey used to be. Though a visit to Evesham won't provide a view of this defunct piece of history, the town is still worth visiting in order to see all the gorgeous sites that still remain in this watery wonderland.