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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 13th century detached bell tower and a wealth of medieval houses
The area prospered as a centre for English and Welsh wool merchants to meet and trade. Over the centuries Pembridge has shrunk to about half its medieval size, but the markets continue, based around the early 16th century Market Hall in the centre of the village.
Most of the multitude of other timber-framed buildings date to the 15th century. There are at least 8 medieval hall houses with cross-wings still standing in the village. Relative newcomers are a set of two 17th century almshouses; Duppa's Almshouses on Bridge Street was built by Bishop Duppa of Winchester, while the Trafford Almshouses to the east end of the village, built by Alice Trafford, whose memorial can be seen in the church. Among the other notable timber-framed buildings include the Steppes (the village shop) and the New Inn on the Market Square.
Just behind the church you can clearly see traces of the moat that once surrounded Pembridge Castle, built by the powerful Mortimer family. Nothing now remains of the castle except a low motte, or mound, on which the defensive structure stood. A Roman tile has been found on the site, and 5 similar tiles are re-used in the east wall of the church. After Edmund Mortimer died in 1425 the family's estates in Pembridge passed to Richard, Duke of York.
I had the pleasure of visiting Pembridge a few years back and found it a delightful place, well worth its reputation as a picture-postcard village, with a wealth of historic interest.
Address: Pembridge, Herefordshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On the A44 6 miles west of Leominster. Village parking area signposted off High Street (the A44).
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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