22nd Oct, 2016

Do you know the Manor’s history?

Evesham Editorial 25th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN HISTORIC Pershore venue has launched an ambitious project to research the buildings rich history.

Owners of Eckington Manor hope local residents will come forward with information about the venue to build a picture of how the site has developed.

Some of the background is well documented, in the 680s Ethelred of Mercia gave estates to Oswald, Bishop of Worcester, to establish a monastery at Pershore.

Eckington formed part of the original endowments of Pershore Abbey which was built between 1090 and 1130.

Owner Judy Gardner, said: “So many of our visitors, both to our luxurious bed and breakfast hotel and to our restaurant, ask about the history, so it is time we really got all the details together.”

“Our main beamed building was rebuilt in Tudor times, but we do have some fascinating sections of earlier history.”

“For instance, we know between 1193 and 1195 a William de Leigh held the manor; and we also know that owner Thomas (II) Lord Berkeley sold the manor in 1358, possibly to help to pay the ransom of his son Maurice who was captured at Poitiers.

“It is really these real insights into social history and lifestyles that we are really trying to find out about.” she added.

Anyone who has any information on Eckington and on the manor’s history, especially old photographs, can call 01386 751600 or e-mail info@eckingtonmanor.co.uk