Pershore & Croome Court
The picturesque market town of Pershore lies on the north banks of the River Avon, on Jurassic mudstones. Whilst not a predominantly stone town, there are notable stone features. The Old Pershore Bridge over the river was partially destroyed during the Civil War and Pershore Abbey and parkland is a shadow of its former self, with half of the former structure having been demolished during the reformation. Despite this, there appears to be a variety of stone types within the Abbey, although the predominant stone appears to be oolitic Jurassic limestone. This also appears to be the case for the Old Pershore Bridge, which contrasts markedly with Eckington Bridge, a few miles down river. Here, the bridge is constructed of a red sandstone, completely out of character with the rest of the area and the nearby Croome Park Estate. The estate was the first of Capability Brown’s designs to be completed. A number of follies which appear to be constructed of local Jurassic Blue Lias rock are hidden amongst the surrounding landscape, which has been cut through by the M5 motorway.