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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.
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Continuing our walk around the village.
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.