In medieval times Weobley was a flourishing market town whose wealth came from wool, known locally as Leominster Ore. It was also noted for ale, glove and nail making. Weobley’s fortunes waxed and waned over the years and with no railway or canal, the industrial revolution passed Weobley by. This led to great poverty. However, it left a legacy of beautiful timber framed houses, many of which still stand. Today Weobley is at the heart of a thriving agricultural industry.
The Weobley Heritage Trail will take visitors on a passage through time, explaining how mediaeval traders sold their wares through unglazed windows onto the street and show what architectural feature to look for in the many building styles in the village, some of which are unique in Herefordshire. The Trail follows plaques placed at appropriate places that explain what you will see of building structure and what happened here in times past. Not only is the trail free, but you will learn where “hitting the sack” came from what an “under dog” really is.
Click here to access a map of the trail and audio files that explain each section of the trail in detail. Former Weobley resident and schoolgirl, Mary Rhodes now BBC broadcaster, recorded these audio files for us.
You will see where Charles 1st stayed after he releaved Hereford from Cromwell's troops during the Civil War. And see the impressive memorial to Col. John Birch, Cromwellian turned Royalist, who retook Hereford again later that same year for Cromwell with a small party of men dressed as ice breakers as they crossed the frozen River Wye.
A recent visitor to Weobley made this comment on Trip Advisor. “We downloaded the Trail from the internet, which was simple to follow, with plenty of information boards around the village to direct us to the next point of interest. Spent a whole morning here, followed by a visit to the Salutation Inn at lunchtime. What a feast of black and white architecture, and everywhere so beautifully kept.”
But Weobley is not just for those who enjoy architecture or history, there is a “Detective Trail” for children. Created by a Weobley youngster for Heritage Open Days in 2014, it was such a success that we decided to make it a permanent feature. You can download this document by clicking on the Be a Weobley Detective leaflet here.