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Pershore
Pershore town centre
Pershore is located in Worcestershire
Pershore
Pershore
Location within Worcestershire
Population8,406 (2021 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSO945455
• London104.5 miles (168.2 km)
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPERSHORE
Postcode districtWR10
Dialling code01386
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
Website[1]
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire
52°06′50″N 2°04′48″W / 52.114°N 2.080°W / 52.114; -2.080

Pershore is a market town and civil parish in the Wychavon district in Worcestershire, England, on the banks of the River Avon. At the 2011 census, the population was 7,125. The town is best known for Pershore Abbey. Pershore is situated 6 miles (10 km) west of Evesham and 6 miles (10 km) east of Upton-upon-Severn in the Vale of Evesham.

History

Pershore Town Hall

See also: History of Worcestershire

The town contains examples of Georgian architecture. In 1964 the Council for British Archaeology included Pershore in its list of 51 British "Gem Towns" worthy of special consideration for historic preservation,[3] and it has been listed as an outstanding conservation area. Parts of the abbey, which stand in an expanse of public grassland close to the centre of the town, date from the 11th century. The current structure is far smaller than the original building, which was plundered during the reign of Henry VIII at the Dissolution. The original nave was destroyed. The north transept collapsed later. The present nave occupies the western part of what would originally have been the choir. Pershore Town Hall, which was originally built as the local post office, was completed in 1932.[4]

Education

Schools in Pershore follow the three-tier first school (ages 5–9), middle school (ages 9–12), high school (ages 11–18) system practised by parts of Worcestershire County Council. Pershore High School has a sixth form with all-weather sports pitches and sports hall.

Abbey Park First School and Abbey Park Middle School are on Abbey Road, they are both situated down the same drive. Pershore High School is on Station Road, which is on the outskirts of Pershore, bordering Pinvin, a small village.

Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Primary School, situated on Priest Lane beside Holy Redeemer, Pershore's only Catholic church, stands outside the 3-tier model. It is a primary school (ages 5–11) which acts as a feeder school to Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Worcester.

Pershore College, a school of horticulture and other land-based activities,[5] became a campus for Warwickshire College (now WCG) following a merger in 2007.

Annual events

Plum Festival

The Pershore Plum Festival is held in August to celebrate the local tradition of growing plums including the local varieties Pershore Purple, Pershore Yellow Egg Plum and Pershore Emblem.[6] Activities include crowning the plum princess, a family fun run, plum themed art exhibition and the Plum Fayre. There is also a classic car rally and nearby Worcester Racecourse revived The Land O'Plums Chase from 72 years ago.[7] The festival won the Best Tourism Event and Festival in the Worcestershire Welcome Awards 2011.[8]

Sport

Pershore Bowling Club is situated within Abbey Park; formed in 1928 following an invitation by the then Lord Abbott of Pershore to the tradesmen of the town to play bowls on the lawn at the monastery, long since demolished. The Lord Abbott accepted an invitation to be the Club’s first President and continued to hold this office until 1936 when the monastery was closed and the monks moved to Nashdom Abbey in Buckinghamshire.

Pershore's football club, Pershore Town F.C., play in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division. It also has a women's team, Pershore Town Ladies, who play in the new Herefordshire and Worcestershire Women's County Football League.

Pershore Sports club, which houses Pershore Cricket Club who play in the Birmingham and District League, is situated at The Bottoms on Defford Road.

Pershore Rugby Club has a clubhouse and pitches by the river in nearby Wyre Piddle.

Pershore Tennis Club, based at the Horticultural College, has three indoor and five outdoor courts, with junior, social and adult sections.

Multiple BTCC title winning team, Team Dynamics, is also based there. Wychavon Kayak & Canoe Club [9] is situated on the river at Pershore Riverside Centre. Pershore Plum Plodders is an England Athletics affiliated running club serving Pershore and the surrounding villages. The Abbey Park includes a bowls club, children's play area and skateboard park (2006), consisting of a mini ramp and a street section.

Media

Local news and television programmes are provided by BBC West Midlands and ITV Central. Television signals can be received from either the Sutton Coldfield or Lark Stoke TV transmitters. [10][11]

Local radio stations are BBC Hereford and Worcester, Heart West Midlands, Radio Wyvern, Capital Mid-Counties, Greatest Hits Radio Herefordshire & Worcestershire, Free Radio Herefordshire & Worcestershire, and Smooth West Midlands.

The town is served by the local newspaper, Evesham Journal [12] and its own community based newspaper, The Pershore Times. [13]

Transport

The town lies near the A44, approximately midway between Worcester and Evesham. The nearest motorways are the M5 and M50.

Pershore railway station is located in the village of Pinvin. It lies on the Cotswold Line which enables travel to London Paddington, Oxford and Reading.

Pershore Old Bridge

Pershore Old Bridge

About 0.5 miles (0.8 km) outside the town is Pershore Old Bridge over the River Avon. A bridge was originally built on the site in the 15th century. It was remodelled in the 17th century, after damage in the English Civil War, and again in the 18th century. It is a Grade II* listed structure.[14]

Notable people

See also Category:People from Pershore
Natives

Residents

Climate

Like much of the British Isles, Pershore has a temperate maritime climate. Maximums range from 7.7 °C (45.9 °F) in January to 22.4 °C (72.3 °F) in July and minimums from 1.5 °C (34.7 °F) in February to 12.2 °C (54.0 °F) in July.[18] The January record high strangely occurred when it was dark; On 9 January 2015, temperatures rose to 16.1 °C (61.0 °F).[19] On 12 December 1981 the lowest reading of −22.0 °C (−7.6 °F) was recorded.[20] The warmest temperature ever recorded was 37.1 °C (98.8 °F) on 19 July 2022.[21] On 31 March 2021 Pershore recorded its warmest March day on record, beating the previous record set the day before.[22] On 7 September 2021, Pershore recorded its hottest September day on record, beating the previous record set in 2005 [23]

The lowest maximum temperature ever recorded was −8.2 °C (17.2 °F) on 19 December 2010. This is also the lowest maximum temperature on record for December in England.[24] On the same day Pershore recorded a minimum temperature of −19.5 °C (−3.1 °F)[25] (one of the lowest December temperatures ever recorded here) and at the same time exactly 5 years later it was 15.9 °C (60.6 °F)[26] (one of the highest December temperatures ever recorded here). The maximum amount of precipitation in one day was 120.8 millimetres (4.76 in) on 20 July 2007[27] and exactly 9 years later the highest minimum temperature of 21.4 °C (70.5 °F) was recorded on 20 July 2016.[28]

Climate data for Pershore 35m amsl (1991–2020) (extremes 1957–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.1
(61.0)
18.8
(65.8)
23.2
(73.8)
26.0
(78.8)
28.4
(83.1)
34.0
(93.2)
37.1
(98.8)
35.6
(96.1)
30.3
(86.5)
28.4
(83.1)
18.6
(65.5)
16.0
(60.8)
37.1
(98.8)
Mean maximum °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
13.7
(56.7)
16.8
(62.2)
20.5
(68.9)
24.8
(76.6)
27.7
(81.9)
29.2
(84.6)
28.3
(82.9)
24.4
(75.9)
20.1
(68.2)
15.6
(60.1)
13.7
(56.7)
29.8
(85.6)
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 7.9
(46.2)
8.7
(47.7)
11.2
(52.2)
14.2
(57.6)
17.4
(63.3)
20.4
(68.7)
22.6
(72.7)
22.1
(71.8)
19.3
(66.7)
15.0
(59.0)
10.8
(51.4)
8.2
(46.8)
14.8
(58.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.8
(40.6)
5.1
(41.2)
7.0
(44.6)
9.3
(48.7)
12.4
(54.3)
15.3
(59.5)
17.4
(63.3)
17.1
(62.8)
14.6
(58.3)
11.1
(52.0)
7.4
(45.3)
5.0
(41.0)
10.5
(51.0)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 1.7
(35.1)
1.5
(34.7)
2.7
(36.9)
4.4
(39.9)
7.3
(45.1)
10.2
(50.4)
12.2
(54.0)
12.1
(53.8)
9.8
(49.6)
7.2
(45.0)
4.0
(39.2)
1.8
(35.2)
6.2
(43.2)
Mean minimum °C (°F) −5.5
(22.1)
−5.1
(22.8)
−3.6
(25.5)
−2.3
(27.9)
0.3
(32.5)
3.9
(39.0)
6.7
(44.1)
5.7
(42.3)
2.4
(36.3)
0.2
(32.4)
−3.2
(26.2)
−5.7
(21.7)
−8.1
(17.4)
Record low °C (°F) −19.4
(−2.9)
−12.7
(9.1)
−10.1
(13.8)
−7.3
(18.9)
−2.5
(27.5)
−1.0
(30.2)
2.7
(36.9)
0.0
(32.0)
−1.0
(30.2)
−5.1
(22.8)
−10.5
(13.1)
−22.0
(−7.6)
−22.0
(−7.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 56.1
(2.21)
40.9
(1.61)
39.5
(1.56)
47.8
(1.88)
54.0
(2.13)
52.0
(2.05)
55.1
(2.17)
61.3
(2.41)
52.3
(2.06)
64.8
(2.55)
64.4
(2.54)
58.9
(2.32)
647.1
(25.49)
Average rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 11.6 9.4 8.9 9.5 9.0 8.8 8.9 9.4 8.8 11.1 12.1 11.6 119.1
Average relative humidity (%) 85.6 82.6 77.3 73.7 72.2 71.0 71.5 73.7 77.0 79.3 83.4 86.9 77.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 57.0 77.3 120.5 163.0 204.8 200.8 209.4 187.4 142.6 104.0 67.7 48.9 1,583.4
Percent possible sunshine 21.9 27.3 32.7 38.8 42.1 40.1 41.7 41.5 37.7 31.7 25.6 20.2 33.4
Source 1: Met Office[29]
Source 2: en.tutiempo[18][30][31][32][33][23][34]

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