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Black and White Houses

Find Black and White Houses.

Follow the Black and White Village Trail to find probably the finest selection of Black and White Houses in the UK.

The Black & White Village Trail is a motor route through some of the prettiest Herefordshire villages and most beautiful landscape in England. The 40 mile circular trail leads west from the ancient town of Leominster, through a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards and distant hills, taking in the most picturesque black and white villages along the way as well as the little market town of Kington.

The villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, craft workshops and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor. Take advantage of the quieter pace of life and enjoy a day spent following the byways of quintessential rural England.

Many of the houses to be seen on the Black & White Village Trail are timber-framed – that is, the framework of the house is built from green (unseasoned) oak, and the panels are infilled with lath – woven strips of wood and plaster. Occasionally, panels would be infilled with brick. Panels had limewash applied, often tinted with natural pigments. The idea of decorating timber-framed houses by painting the beams black and the panels white is a surprisingly recent one. Many of the houses date from the 16th and 17th centuries or earlier, when timbers were often left unpainted to weather naturally, while the panels were painted with pigmented limewash – sometimes both beams and panels were limewashed. In the 18th century when stucco and stone finishes became fashionable, many houses had their timbers plastered over. 19th century photographs of Herefordshire show houses which now have exposed beams, but which were then covered in plaster.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, many houses were restored and their timbers exposed. The practice of painting the beams black and panels white, in part to emphasise the intricate patterns of the timber frame, became established. Recently fashions have changed again, and now some houses have had paint removed from beams to reveal the natural colour of the weathered wood, while the panels are limewashed in soft earth tones.

Follow the Black and White Trail to see many Black and White Houses.

Black and White Timber Framed Houses

Herefordshire has some of the UK’s finest Black and White Timber Framed Houses.

Discover some of the best of these, in some of the loveliest villages in England by following The Black and White Village Trail.

Stray Away from the Trail…

The Black and White Trail takes in some of the most famous and most beautiful of the Black and White Villages of Herefordshire.

There are however a multitude of wonderful Black and White houses just off the trail and in surrounding villages – drive down almost any road away from the trail and you will find more beautiful villages, more country and village pubs and more wonderful countryside.

Watch this space for further suggestions…

Stay Over

Completing the tour and making the most of the villages is a full day out – why not stay over and spread the tour over two days?

The are offers all types of accommodation and there are some wonderful tea-rooms, pubs and restaurants to explore and enjoy.

Follow The Black and White Trail

Take a day out to enjoy some of the prettiest villages in the UK.

The Black and White Trail will take you on a tour of some of the ‘must-see’ villages in Herefordshire.

Make sure you take time to stop at each village to explore the buildings and the lovely tea-rooms and village shops that you will find.

Check out our ‘Things to Do’ section to complete your day.

Welcome to The Black and White Trail

Launched today – blackandwhitetrail.org

This is a community website created for the villages and towns on and near the Black and White trail by John & Sue Hewitt of Ker-ching Web Design.

Local businesses, clubs, societies, churches etc can all advertise for free on this website.  Any businesses etc that supply goods or services etc to the area can also advertise for free.

Please feel free to create a listing for your business/club/society etc in the Local Businesses etc section.

It all happens on the Black and white Trail!  Local craft shows, village fetes and flower festivals, open studios during h.Art week,  photography,  seasonal festivals and much more… Find it listed here.

Got something to promote?  List it here free of charge.