An old market town with a staggering array of lovely heritage buildings, including the medieval market hall, and the famous timber-framed Feathers Inn.

If you scan the photos of Ledbury below you might be forgiven for thinking that this historic market town has nothing but half-timbered buildings. While that certainly isn't the case, it is hard to imagine a place with more beautiful old medieval, Tudor, and Stuart half-timbering within a few blocks. The Market House was built in 1653 and originally served as a grain store. It is now used by the local council.

The Market House is impressive enough, but add to this the quite staggering Feathers Inn, and New House, on the High Street. Then take a wander off the High Street towards the church and you see one of the best preserved medieval street scenes anywhere in the UK. The old architecture is set off by a profuse display of flowers; Ledbury is a past regional winner of the Britain in Bloom competition.

Market House, Ledbury
The 17th century Market House, raised on timber massive columns. This placid scene on the High Street was not always so peaceful; it was in this very spot in 1645 that a battle took place between Parliamentary troops and Cavaliers supporting the king, with the Royalists eventually prevailing.
Clocktower of the library, High Street. The library is dedicated to poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, who lived and wrote in the town.
Ledbury Church Street
Looking up Church Street
Ledbury Church Street
The spire of the parish church looks down on Church Street, a beautiful old lane of black and white buildings
Butcher Row House
Butcher Row House, also on Church Street, serves as the local history museum
Ledbury Church Street
One of the newer pubs in town, perhaps?
Church Stret Ledbury
More lovely black and white buildings on Church Street
Feathers Inn, Ledbury
The Feathers Inn
Feathers Inn
Feathers Inn entrance

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