Life Pack: Ledbury
Within this life pack, you will find photographs and information relating to the town of Ledbury. The content for this life pack has been provided by Jennifer Bray, Research Assistant, Association for Dementia Studies, School of Allied Health and Community at the University of Worcester. Photographs are courtesy of Brian Bray and Jennifer Bray. Book excerpts taken from ‘A Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Malvern and District including Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester, Droitwich, Hereford etc.’ 3rd Edition.
Photographs from Ledbury
Ledbury is a town near the border or Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It has many timber-frame buildings, and some of the most notable are shown below.
Ledbury Park, which dates from around 1600, is considered by some to be one of England’s finest timber-framed houses. It’s found on the corner of the main crossroad in the middle of Ledbury:
The Feathers Hotel:
A light outside The Feathers Hotel:
The cost of staying at the Feathers in the late 1920’s, including the prices of meals throughout the day:
Ledbury Market Hall: It was built in 1617. Did you know it was visited by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1957? Did you see them during the visit? It’s a Grade 1 listed building which was used for Town Council meetings and weddings until the early 2000s. Have you ever been upstairs in the Market Hall?:
Old image of Ledbury Market Hall: Although this image is older, possibly 1920’s, and from a different angle, it doesn’t look like the Market Hall has changed much over the years!:
The best black and white building in Ledbury:
Ledbury Heritage Centre: This is down one of the side streets leading to the church, but the building itself used to be The Old Grammar School until around 1860:
Buildings in Ledbury: You’ll see that they aren’t always straight, and can actually be a bit wonky. Some also hang over the street:
Ledbury and poetry: Ledbury has good links with poetry and has held an annual Poetry Festival since 1997. Have you ever attended the festival?
If you’re on the train going between Malvern and Hereford, you might spot this sign at Ledbury station which was put up in 2019 as part of the Poetry Festival. The sign was created in a similar in colour and font to the sign that was at Ledbury station until the 1950s. Do you remember the original sign? Where’s your favourite place to go by train?:
The Barrett Browning clock tower: It was built in 1895 and became the public library in 1938. It was built as a memorial to Elizabeth Barrett Browning who used to live in Ledbury. She wrote the poem ‘How Do I Love Thee?’ which begins with the line “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” If you know the poem, can you think how it continues?:
Would you agree with the following that the clock tower is “conspicuous”?:
The west entrance to St Michael and All Angels Church: While the oldest parts of the church date from the 12th century, most of it was built in the 13th and 14th centuries:
A description of the Church:
The Talbot: which dates from the 16th century and used to be a coaching inn:
The sign for the Prince of Wales pub: which can be found along the same street as the Heritage Centre: