2nd Dec, 2016

Joy as Bell Tower removed from 'at risk' register

Rob George 28th Jul, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM’S historic Bell Tower is no longer ‘at risk’ according to a major national conservation group.

The landmark was added to Historic England’s ‘At Risk’ register in 2014 because of the significant problems with the stonework which required urgent repairs.

But thanks to the success of the public appeal to fund the £500,000 restoration work, the tower’s new lease of life has been secured.

The town’s historic tower is a Grade I listed building – one of the few detached bell towers in England of late medieval structure – and was surrounded by scaffolding earlier this year whilst essential repair and restoration work was carried out from plinth to pinnacle.

The last restoration and conservation work to the Bell Tower was carried out more than 60 years ago but weathering had taken its toll on the monument, which saw it placed on the ‘at risk’ register.

Dr Sue Ablett who chaired the Bell Tower appeal hailed the news as a ‘great achievement’ for all concerned.

“We have a Tower that can be enjoyed by current and future generations. We should all share a sense of pride in what has been achieved,” she said.