Weobley pronounced Webley – the village prospered from the medieval wool trade, and later through glove and ale making. This is a lovely village and well worth a stop-over to explore on foot.
In the past, Weobley ale was famous for its quality.
Charles the first stayed here after the battle of Naseby in 1645.
Weobley’s famous black and pink house marks the way into the village.
The spire of the fine church is a landmark or miles around and is the second highest in Herefordshire.
Sadly a number of Weobley’s black and white houses were destroyed by fire in 1943, but a remarkable collection of buildings still survives.
In 2008 Weobley (pronounced Webbley) appeared in the top fifty of the Times Newspaper’s best places to live in England. In 2009 Lady voted it one of the top 10 villages. Not a surprise to those of us who live here, though some would have preferred to have kept it secret! Here on the borders of Wales, Weobley is a village with many timber-framed houses, some dating back to the 1400s. We’re surrounded by beautiful countryside and have little traffic. So come and visit us and discover this hidden gem of the Marches.
But Weobley’s no sleepy hollow. Because it’s ten miles from either of the local main centres of commerce (Hereford and Leominster) it is able to support a number of local shops and services as well as three pubs, three churches, a restaurant and plenty of excellent places to stay.
Each Saturday morning a group leaves the centre of the village for a walk along some of the many footpaths and permissive rights of way in the parish.
When Wibba created a clearing in the woods (a ley) here in the 6th Century, little did he think that his name would still be attached to the village 1500 years later. His father, Cridda, was King of Mercia and held a hill fort not far away at Credenhill (Cridda’s hill).
In Weobley many aspects of 1500 years of British history are represented. From its Saxon origins, through the Norman Conquest to the medieval period, the Civil War, and the agricultural revolution. Here you will discover the remains of an 11th Century castle, a 12th Century Church and many houses from the 14th Century onwards.
This picturesque village has all the facilities necessary for the perfect holiday – or for residents, the perfect life – it’s not difficult to understand why Weobley won the National Village of the Year in 1999.
Allow time whilst in Weobley to follow the Heritage Trail around the village. The trail follows a series of plaques outside buildings of interest and explains the architectural significance, interesting features and stories from the past.
Return to the A4112 and turn left (signed Brecon). You will shortly pass Sarnesfield.
Buy a handy Map of the Trail Here….