"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Friday, 18 September 2020

Herfordshire: Part 5 - Eardisland


After leaving Weobley we drove through Dilwyn and Pembridge although did not stop this time and onto the picturesque village of Eardisland which has lots of timber framed cottages set on the banks of the River Arrow.

We ate our sandwiches in the car park then went for a walk around the village.

Old Man's Beard

This AA phone box dates back to the 1920's and is the oldest apparently in the country. It was restored in 2000.

Does anyone else remember years and years ago how the AA patrol men on their motor bikes used to salute your car if it had an AA badge?

Apples for sale for a donation spotted outside the community shop.

The Manor House - 17th century

River Arrow

Grade 2 listed Dovecote c 1700. Fell out of use in the 19th century and became derelict. It was restored in 1999 and is now open 9.00 - 11.00 am as a community shop.The upper part contains about 850 nesting and roosting boxes

River Arrow - B and E were ahead of me and saw a kingfisher flying along the river and under the bridge. I missed it just like the last time.  πŸ˜’

We went a short walk along the river Arrow keeping an eye out for the kingfisher but we didn't see it again.

Cross Inn - mostly 18th century. I do miss pub visits but at the moment I don't think I'd even feel happy sitting outside.

In the future even if we wait until next year I would like to visit more of the villages on the 40 mile (from memory) "black and white" village trail.  This year and in the past we have tended to visit the four we know - Weobley, Pembridge, Dilwyn and Eardisland. We did once visit Eardisley - a village I need to go back to as there is one of the best fonts in the country,  carved by the Romanesque School of Herefordshire Carvers,  in the church.

I didn't go in the church at Eardisland this time.

All photos taken by me with the Pansonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera

(I am not sure of the quality of the photos once uploaded - they don't look as good to me but there again perhaps I am looking for it although someone told me that they had to resize all theirs to get a decent quality).

I've also tried to change the background colour from white but in the preview it doesn't seem to have worked so we will see what happens when I publish it!

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Herefordshire - Part 4: Weobley


Decided to persevere with new Blogger so wish me luck πŸ˜€ I quite like the new feature when you can add emojis!

Weobley is one of the villages on the Herefordshire "black and white" village trail which we have visited several times before.  It is mentioned in the Domesday Book and contains many early timber framed houses including examples of half Wealden, Wealden and 15th century Hall houses.  Sadly, quite a few were destroyed by a fire in November 1943 in the market square.  After the Battle of Naseby 1645 King Charles I stayed in the village at what was then the Crown Inn and which is now a private house called The Throne.  Weobley's name is derived from "Wibba", the Anglo Saxon son of Creda and "ley" meaning a clearing or glade in the wood.  Weobley became wealthy due to its wool trade and then through ale and glove making.

The Green Bean Cafe

The Gables which is one of the larger 15th century hall houses in Weobley.  We stayed here for a long weekend a few years ago and they also have a super tea room.

Classic view down towards St Peter and St Paul.  Apologies for the parked cars!

The Lavender Tea Room and what was once the Red Lion Pub now an Indian Restaurant, I think. The building is 14th century with 17th and 19th century additions.

I persuaded B and E to walk down to the church of St Peter and St Paul which has a spire of 56 metres tall which is the second highest in the county.  The church is a landmark for miles around.

Glebe House is the only Georgian House in Weobley and was built in 1780. In 1821 it became the vicarage.  Dorothy Wordsworth visited at some stage as she mentioned in her diary seeing the garden.  In 1986 brick stables nearby were converted into what became the new vicarage and the house was renamed Glebe House.

Building of the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul began by the then Lord of the Manor, Hugh de Lacy, in the 12th century with canons from Llanthony Priory providing the labour.  The Norman arch inside the porch is all that now remains of the original church.  Originally the tower was separate from the church. Most of the present building including the tower is 14th century.

West Door and tower with spire

Ball flower decoration

OS bench mark - B was chuffed to spot this!

At this stage a group of elderly people came through this churchyard entrance and they really were a pain.  They seemed totally oblivious to my presence and rather than concentrating on taking photos I had to keep a wary eye on them as several times they came marching towards me as if I didn't exist.  Social distancing does not seem to apply to some!  In fact we saw other again elderly people in Weobley and also later in Eardisland showing the same disregard and we had to keep leaping into the middle of the road to maintain social distance!  

14th century Preaching Cross with 5 octagonal steps

In Medieval times travelling friars would celebrate the feast days of saints from Preaching Crosses. After the Reformation King Henry VIII ordained that no cross should be more than 4 feet high!

South Doorway is late Norman probably 1260

The church was open but only for private prayer - a shame as my photos from a previous visit are very dark and I could have done with getting some better ones. There again B and E wouldn't have been happy if I had gone inside and held them up and also I am still very nervous of entering buildings πŸ˜’

I do like these emojis!

Continuing our walk around the village.

Plants in Walls

Pump house in the car park - built to reflect the character of the village.

The Corn Mill c 1850-60 - 4 storeys with one added since.

Ye Olde Salutation Inn we used to go here for evening meals when staying at The Gables. It is 15th century with many 17th century additions.

17th century Unicorn Inn.  Apples used to be picked from its orchard to make cider to sell in the pub.

The magpie is a symbol of the "black and white" villages in the area.  This sculpture is the work of Walenty Pytela a contemporary artist who lives in Herefordshire and is recognised as a leading metal sculpturer of birds and beasts.

Weobley was famed for its witches.  There were once said to be more than 50 sorceresses within a 2 mile radius of the village.  In the past superstitious signs of rain included jackdaws circling the church spire, when wind blew in "Weobley hole" and legends in connection with nearby Lady Lift Hill.

Ella Mary Leather lived in Weobley from her marriage in 1893 until her death in 1920.  She was a well known folklorist who wrote a book on Folklore in Herefordshire. She also searched for singers to maintain oral traditions and folk songs.  She worked in hop fields to mix with Romanies so that she could learn their traditional songs. In 1908 she met the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford and took him to meet her singers.  He returned for many years and wrote down around 80 songs.

I am sure you have seen enough  of Weobley but if you want to see more when D and I did more of the Heritage trail please see the link here   Hope it works!

I have also noticed the more photos I upload the slower it is to write text.

Caroline from "Wild and Wonderful" has mentioned she can no longer access a gallery of my photos if she clicks on a picture.  I wonder if I couild ask if anyone else has the same problem?  I can access it from here but would like to know if others can't.

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera.

Thankfully, next post on Eardisland will have less photos!