In medieval times Leominster, pronounced “Lemster”, was a town whose business was based on the woollen industry, today it is a haven for shoppers and a large variety of eateries. So it is no surprise that it attracts such large numbers of visitors every year.
Locally know as “The Town in the Marches” it is steeped in history including some land called Broadfield that is mentioned in the Doomesday book. Located in the county of Herefordshire, this fascinating town has a population of over eleven thousand people.
Architecturally Leominster has many interesting timber framed buildings, in black and white, amongst its narrow streets. Its Priory is one of the oldest in the whole of the UK and features a ducking stool, used for the final time in 1809 on a poor woman named Jenny Pipes. The Earl of Mercia, Leofric, husband of Lady Godiva, renowned for riding on a horse naked across the city of Coventry, was responsible for the name.
Leominster is very close to the border between England and Wales and is on the banks of the River Kenwater which is a tributary of the larger River Lugg. Surrounded by stunning scenery, there is much to see and many places to visit.
Built by Henry V as an encampment, Burton Court dates back to the 14th century, all that’s left is the Great Hall which has been well preserved. There is an excellent Tudor village at nearby Weobly, which also has some interesting churches from the eleventh and twelve centuries.
The region known as the Golden Valley makes for a wonderful excursion amongst the Black Mountains. This is cider country, with its many orchards and in springtime has an incredible display of daffodils. Make sure to stop at Hay on Wye and enjoy the majestic River Dore as you drive past.
If you prefer a nice glass of wine than perhaps the Broadfield Court Vineyard will be more appealing. It has a nationally acclaimed reputation for good food using the best of local produce, all polished down with a fine English glass of vino.
A great place to walk is Croft castle in Yarpole, which has a painstakingly restored wall garden as well as many walks through woodlands and exceptional parkland including an avenue of Chestnut trees and other old specimens.
Leominster is the perfect base for touring this beautiful countryside especially as every kind of accommodation is available, in every budget range. The visitor is guaranteed to have a wonderful stay, returning home with many fond memories.