Evesham is a middle-sized, rural ancient market town situated between Worcester, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon. The surrounding area (the Vale of Evesham) is known for fruit growing and market gardening, due to its unusually fertile soil which means it is one of the country's most well-known production centres for fruit and vegetables.
The town boasts a wealth of historic buildings including a fine 15th century timbered merchants house called the 'Round House' now occupied by the Natwest Bank, Abbot Reginald's gateway, a Norman arch leading to the abbey site, flanked by the 15th century Walker Hall and Church House. In the High Street is a notable late 17th century town house, Dresden House, once occupied by Dr. Baylies, physician to Frederick the Great of Prussia, and tucked away in the area of the town called Bengeworth is an old manor house once owned by King Canute.
Perhaps the most notable building in the town after the Churches and Bell Tower is the Almonry. Dating back to 1400 this was once the home of the Abbey Almoner, who was charged with the duty of administering to the poor and needy and providing hospitality to visitors to the Abbey. The Almonry now houses the town's busy Tourist Information Office and Heritage Centre, an excellent museum with ten rooms of exhibits relating to the history of the Abbey, the Battle of Evesham as well as the social and economic life of the Vale.