Maker of all manner of carriages, ranging from small light pony traps to large and ornate affairs requiring four or six horses to pull them. Ledbury had a very successful coach building firm in the shape of Hopkins Coachbuilders. Continue reading

Before the onset of motorised transport, livestock had no option but to walk from their farm to their destination – be it a market in a nearby town or long distance to London to help feed the ever growing population. Continue reading

In 1785, a Glaswegian by the name of John Cranston developed huge nurseries in the Breinton parish and one of his sons, James, was responsible for planting most of the Cedar trees around Hereford. Both men are buried under a Cedar of Lebanon tree planted by James in the churchyard and the name of Cranston lives on in the shape of an onion – Cranston’s Excelsior – which was named in their honour.

In 1926 Mrs Scott-Bowden who owned the Colwall Park Hotel, Colwall, at the time, organised a women’s cricket festival, which was the foundation of the National Women’s Cricket Association.

Born in 1661, his father was Sir Edward Harley Robert Harley.
Robert was an exceptionally important parliamentarian, and was described as a “ political wizard and master of schemes” but he was also known to be a tricky character.
He became Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1689; Speaker of the House of Commons in 1701; Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1710; Treasurer in 1711; Housekeeper, St. James’ Palace in 1714
He was a Presbyterian who loved the country life, and who took pains to deplore bad behaviour in others, but who also sided with villains; cheated on his wife appallingly and became rather too fond of the drink. Continue reading

John Kemble was born in 1599 at Rhydicar Farm, St. Weonards in Herefordshire to parents John, and Anne the daughter of John Morgan from the Waen, Skenfrith in Monmouthshire. John’s uncle, George Kemble of Pembridge Castle, Welsh Newton, was the father of Captain Richard Kemble who was responsible for saving Charles II at the Battle of Worcester in 1651. (Not that Charles took this into account in later years!) Continue reading

Sir John was born in around 1378 in Herefordshire, to Sir Richard Oldcastle, and due to the wealth of his parents gained an excellent education. Many people will know of Sir John from the works of Shakespeare, who based Sir John Falstaff in King Henry IV upon him. He was actually better known generally for being a leader of the Lollards and a supporter of Wycliffe, his home in the village of Almeley, North Herefordshire, being a staunch Lollard area, and he was thought of as “The good Lord Cobham”. Continue reading

A curer of animal hides. As Herefordshire was, and still is, predominantly rural and industry free, the large numbers of cattle and sheep provided endless raw material for the tanners. Continue reading

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