Madley

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Madley Communications Centre earth satellite tracking station

Madley is a village and civil parish in the English county of Herefordshire. It is located six miles west of the city of Hereford.

Other settlements[edit]

The parish includes the hamlets of Canon Bridge, Wormhill, Winmoor, Lulham, Upper & Lower Chilstone, Upper & Lower Shenmore, Cublington, Great & Little Brampton, Webton and Webton Court. Madley is the second largest parish in the county of Herefordshire.

History and amenities[edit]

Madley is most famous as the birthplace of Saint Dubricius, the 6th century evangelist of South Wales. He was actually born at Chilstone which is named after the 'Child Stone' that marked the spot .[citation needed] The parish has a fine medieval Church of England parish church which replaced that originally founded by St Dubricius.

The British Telecom's Madley Communications Centre is on part of the disused World War II airfield RAF Madley.[1] It was built in 1940 by Welsh contractors and opened as a training centre for aircrew and ground wireless operators on 27 August 1941. In 1943 the grass airfield was reinforced with Sommerfeld Tracking and the centre's population rose to about 5,000. The site was visited in 1944 prior to D-Day by US General George S. Patton, and later by Rudolf Hess (who had been held prisoner near Abergavenny) on his way to the Nuremberg trials in 1946. Today only a few hangars remain.

The village church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the best known local examples of Norman architecture with gargoyles carved into the tower itself. The church is said to be linked to Cublington Castle near Shenmore via a medieval tunnel system. It is a grade I listed building.[2]

The Red Lion

The Red Lion in Madley is an old Coaching Inn dating back to the 16th century and is a grade II listed building.[3] Here mail was delivered by Mail coach from London[citation needed]and distributed to recipients in the locality. The pub itself is built on a well which is situated under the hallway by the pub cellar. A stream also runs under the rear car park and flows under the land of the Red Lion Garage.

Madley is now made up of 75% local-authority housing.

Former amenities[edit]

The Red Lion Garage was built in the 1940s by Johnathan Edwards and was run as a successful family business until 1986 when it was taken over by Martin Edwards (now deceased) and redeveloped in 2003. The old traditional butchers' shop in Madley was run by Herbie and Audrey Cresswell in the 1960s. It was later owned by Gordon Watkins and is now demolished with a housing estate built on the site.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilary White (1992). "SMR record 12530 - Airfield, Madley". Historic Herefordshire Online. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Madley". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Red Lion, Madley". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Madley at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°02′38″N 2°50′56″W / 52.044°N 2.849°W / 52.044; -2.849