Herefordshire’s historic buildings
WE present highlights of just a small number of Herefordshire buildings we hope you will visit when enjoying this fine county.
Herefordshire has many great buildings, starting with the cathedral. This magnificent building is also the home of the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library.
The Old House
The Old House in the centre of Hereford is one of the best examples of a black and white half-timbered Jacobean building in England. It is now a museum presenting life in Jacobean times.
Nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills just outside Ledbury, Eastnor Castle is an award-winning visitor attraction. It sits in beautiful grounds boasting a deer park, arboretum and lake.
The National Trust which owns this house describes it as ‘Georgian grandeur on a human scale; neoclassical mansion by Henry Holland set in “Capability” Brown’s final landscape and gardens’. It does not disappoint and should be high on any visitor’s list.
The Market House Ledbury
Market towns have always played an important role in Herefordshire and no more so than Ledbury. Markets were vital for the mainly agricultural community in the county, both from a trading and socialising perspective.
The building of the Market House started in 1617. Its design was to allow small shops between the pillars on the ground floor and for transactions to be concluded on the first floor as well as a venue for council meetings. This is very typical of the type of building popular in many market towns. Ledbury should be on every visitor’s list.