Monday, 9 January 2012

Ledbury Town - Herefordshire

Ledbury, Herefordshire's mediaeval market town, is a fascinating place for a short break. Sitting amid restful countryside, it has more than its share of half-timbered buildings as well as associations with the Civil War.

It's the birthplace of poets Thomas Traherne and William Langland, and the poet laureate, John Masefield, grew up here. It was also the childhood home of Elizabeth Barrett Browning before the family moved to Wimpole Street in London. William Wordsworth stayed here too with friends, the Dymock Poets. It isn't surprising then that Ledbury hosts its own annual Poetry Festival.

Ledbury's distinguished heritage is particularly evident in the famous Church Lane, a narrow cobbled walkway off the centre of the High Street that leads from the town to the lovely parish church.
Church Lane Ledbury

The noteworthy Market House dominates the town centre and stands near the entrance to Church Lane. This early 17th century building, once a grain or wool store, and council chamber, is said to have been built by John Abel - the King's Carpenter.

Ledbury Town

St. Michael & All Angels Church sits at the top end of Church Lane and it's claimed to be the finest parish church in Herefordshire. It has a vast spire, which stretches up some 200 feet and is detached from the rest of the building. This 13th and 14th century church has a huge arcaded nave, and a chapter house of around 1330, thought to be the work of St. Guthlac's monks from Hereford.

The superb 17th century Skynner family tomb depicts husband and wife, Edward and Elizabeth of Ledbury Park. Their infant daughter rests between them; she was killed, so it is said, by the last wolf in the district.
St. Michael & All Angels Church Ledbury

Ledbury Clock Tower
Should you come along to Ledbury's Church Lane and spot a few things that look remarkably familiar, it's because the alleyway has appeared in numerous films and TV productions.

Enjoy your stay in Ledbury by choosing from a selection of Ledbury Accommodation.

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