Weobley

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Coordinates: 52°09′32″N 2°52′23″W / 52.159°N 2.873°W / 52.159; -2.873

Weobley
Weobley is located in Herefordshire
Weobley
Weobley
 Weobley shown within Herefordshire
Unitary authority Herefordshire
Ceremonial county Herefordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town HEREFORD
Postcode district HR4
Dialling code 01544
Police West Mercia
Fire Hereford and Worcester
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament North Herefordshire
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Weobley is a black and white village in Herefordshire, England.

The name possibly derives from 'Wibba's Ley', a ley being a woodland glade and Wibba being a local Saxon landowner. In the Domesday Book the village name was transcribed as Wibelai. It is still pronounced as "Web-ley" (the spelling being similar to nearby Leominster which also does not pronounce the letter 'o' in its name).

In the Saxon period it is known that brewing and glove-making were carried out in the village.

The village has an historic church, the Church of St Peter and St Paul, with a Norman south doorway, a 13th-century chancel and 14th-century tower and a spire that is the second-tallest in the county; castle ruins; a high school and a primary school with a pioneering system of heating.

In the village is 'the Throne', a large 400 year old box - King Charles I spent the night here on 5 September 1645, after the Battle of Naseby during the English Civil War.

It was once incorporated as a borough, sending two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons until the Reform Act 1832, (see Weobley (UK Parliament constituency) and once had a borough corporation.

In 2001 the artist Walenty Pytel completed a sculpture of a magpie for the village (a magpie is the village's emblem). The sculpture was commissioned after the village won the Calor Gas/Daily Telegraph Great Britain Village of the Year in 1999.[1]

The magpie in Weobley

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, Mike (10 February 2001). "Taking pride of place". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 

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