History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Timber-framed buildings abound, including the historic Feathers Hotel
Ledbury is a picturesque market town with a staggering array of lovely heritage buildings, including the medieval market hall, and the famous timber-framed Feathers Inn.
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 raised on massive timber columns to create an open arcaded market under cover. It is now used by the local council.
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.
On High Street is the library, notable for its striking clock tower. The library is dedicated to poet Elizabeth Barrett-Browning, who lived and wrote in the town.
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 up Church Street, lined with timber-framed buildings. This must be one of the best preserved medieval street scenes anywhere in the UK.
16th-century Painted Room
At the bottom of Church Street stands the Town Council, housed in a timber-framed 15th-century building. When the Council chambers were being restored in 1989 workmen discovered a stunning series of Elizabethan wall paintings painted to resemble expensive tapestries.
Ledbury Heritage Centre
Located on picturesque Church Street, the Centre covers the rich heritage of Ledbury, including exhibits on local literary figures John Masefield and Elizabeth-Barrett-Browning.
Butchers Row House Museum
At the top of Church Street opposite the Heritage Centre is an attractive timber-framed cottage that houses a display of local life in the Victorian period. The house originally stood on High Street but was disassembled in 1830 and only re-erected in its current location in 1979.
St Michael's Church
Architectural historian Sir Nikolaus Pevsner called Ledbury's medieval parish church the 'premier parish church in Herefordshire', and it is hard to argue with that assessment. St Michael's dates to the 12th century and stands on the site of an earlier Saxon building.
Highlights include the 14th-century chapter house and a display of items discovered after the Civil War Battle of Ledbury. Look for the memorial to poet John Masefield, who was born in Ledbury.
All the old architecture is set off by a profuse display of flowers; Ledbury is a past regional winner of the Britain in Bloom competition.
Address: Ledbury, Herefordshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the A417/A449/A438, 5 miles off Junction 2 of the M50
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
16th Century Painted Room - 0.4 miles (Historic Building)
Butchers Row House Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Ledbury Heritage Centre - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Ledbury, St Michael Church - 0.5 miles (Historic Church)
Eastnor Castle - 1.8 miles (Historic House)
Pixley, St Andrew's Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church)
Bosbury, Holy Trinity Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church)
Putley Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church)
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