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The founder of modern parliament.
In the mid-80s, there was a strong feeling that although Simon de Montfort’s name was remembered locally in various ways (e.g. in street and school names), public knowledge was scant of how significant and pivotal a figure he was and how important the Battle of Evesham was in English history.
There was also insufficient appreciation of how improving awareness and informed knowledge of Simon de Montfort and the battle could boost the town’s visitor numbers. The Simon de Montfort Society was therefore founded in Evesham in 1987 as an heritage and educational charity registered in the UK (charity number 1092319).