WEOBLEY VILLAGE

Weobley was first mentioned in the Doomsday book 1086 and was spelt 'Wibelai' this shows that it went beyond Norman times to Saxon days. A castle was built on 'Castle Green' about 1138, unfortunately long gone except for the remains of a moat. The villages annual carnival (June) is held on the green and is a pretty sight with its floats and stalls. Over the centuries Weobley has been famous for its wool trade/ale/hops/and glove making. It had two members of Parliament but this was changed with the reform act of 1832. Weobley was a market town, trading well into the 17th century. It had its fair share of witches - dastardly deeds - intrigues - not to mention benefactors:
Approximately 1659 William Crawther built a Grammar School - only boys were educated out of the home in those days - this beautiful house can still be seen in Hereford road.
1709 another school was built in Broad street from money given by Lord Weymouth (a son of Marquees of Bath). In 1734 this was turned into two schools - one for boys and one for girls.
Colonel John Birch has a statue erected to him in Weobley's Church. He had settled in Weobley in 1661 with his 2nd wife (a Weobley lady) at Garstone Manor and he became a member of parliament for Weobley until he died in 1691. Previously in 1645 Colonel John Birch had taken Hereford for the 'roundheads' but later changed his alliagence to the King.

THE WEOBLEY FIRES

There was a bakery which stood on the land opposite the Salutation Inn's car park. Unfortunately this was burnt down in 1895. Two Border homes now stand there (photos in Weobley Museum).
On 4th November 1943 there was a fire in the centre of Weobley (now known as the Rose Garden). Four buildings built during the 15th and 17th Centurys occupied this area, a bakery, a green grocer and two houses. The fire was discovered approximately 1.15 am by Mr George who owned the house next to the bakery - everyone was evacuated to safety. National Fire Services from Weobley and the surrounding villages came and totalled nine pumps and two mobile dams. The buildings despite the valiant efforts of all concerned were destroyed except for a bus shelter commemorating the coronation of George V11. Water was sprayed onto the opposite houses in Broad street (now Edges/Londis/the buthchers/ the book shop etc)to keep them cool as they were in danger of burning. Eventually, by 4.25 am the fire was under control (photos and news cuttings in Weobley Museum).

KING ARTHUR

King Arthur has many connections with Herefordshire, not the least that his Mother was born in the county. Her name was Ygerne and she was Arthur's father's (King Meurig) first wife. A local beauty spot called Arthur's stone, which marks an ancient burial site can be found at Bredwedine - a few miles from Weobley. There is a small car park here and is ideal for picnics and walking, there is also a inn at the bottom of the lane called "The Red Lion"

CHARLES 1st

During the civil war of 1642-1649 Hereford, along with many other counties, had Royalist leanings, and Charles ist came here to 'rest' after his army's defeat at the battle of Naesby on June 14" 1645 and it is said that on September 511 1645 he slept at the "Unicorn Inn" in Weobley (this is now a private house called 'The Throne').

NELL GWYNNE

Nell Gwynne who was the mistress of Charles 2nd for 17 years and bore him two sons, was born in Hereford near the Cathedral. The house was in 'Gwynne Lane' but was demolished many years ago. There is a plaque to show where it had been.

COLONEL JOHN BIRCH

Died 169 1. There is a statue to the Colonel, in Weobley's Church. He had settled in Weobley in 1661 with his 2nl wife (a Weobley lady) at Garstone Manor and he became a member of Parliament for Weobley. Previously in 1645 Colonel John Birch had taken Hereford for the 'roundheads'but later on he changed his alliagence to the King.

VIOLETTE SAZBO GC Born 26 June 1921 died jan/Feb 1945

Violette's Father was English and her Mother was French and in 1940 she herself married a French Captain, Etienne Sazbo (killed in action October 1942). She used to spend her 'school holidays' with her Aunt and Uncle who owned a house 'Cartref' in Hereford in a village called Wormelow. After her husbands death she was recruited into the SOE and when she wasn't 'working' in France she spent her time at 'Cartref' in the Herefordshire countryside. Unfortunately during one of her visits to France she was captured/tortured and eventually, along with other agents, shot in 1945 at Ravensbruk. There is now a museum in the garden at 'Cartref' dedicated to her memory - well worth a visit.

BRIAN HUGGETT MBE

Brian Huggett MBE Ryder Cup Captain and 6 times player. Born in Porthcawl (Honary member of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club) but has lived in Ross on Wye for many years. He is a past president of Neath Golf club which he joined in 1947 as a junior. Brian turned professional in 1951. He has had a varied career as a professional including Romford, St Pierre, Hong Kong etc. He was known as The 'Welsh Bulldog' and received the MBE for services to golf when he was 42 years old. He designs golf courses at home and abroad including, The Spring Hotel in Oxfordshire, Orchard Leigh in Bath, Hawkstone Park in Shropshire and overseas, Iran, Scandanavia etc. etc.. Brian now plays as a senior and won the Beko Classic in Turkey in May 2000 and was the Senior British Open Champion and Masters Champion in 1998. He is married to Winnie and has two daughters, Yvonne and Sandra who plays Dr Holly Miles in 'Casualty'.

A WORD FROM THE CURATOR OFWEOBLEY MUSEUM EILEEN SMITH

Weobley Museum is situated in Back Lane in part of the old magistrates court. It opened in 1980 and is run entirely by volunteers from the local history society.
The museum houses a fascinating collection of artefacts, documents, paintings and photographs all relating to the local area. A special study has been made of the famed timber-framed buildings including detailed models, drawings and photographs.
If your family originated from Weobley there is a wealth of material available for research.
DO COME AND VISIT US - A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU.
The above museum is well worth a visit.

 

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