Pembridge shown within Herefordshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Hereford and Worcester|
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Pembridge is a village and civil parish located just south of the River Arrow on the A44 between Leominster and Kington in Herefordshire, England. Pembridge is believed to have originally been called Pen y Bont (Welsh origin) before it was anglicised to the current spelling.
Describing itself as The Jewel in the Crown of the Black and White Village Trail, Pembridge has a history stretching back at least eight hundred years and is notable for its many timber-framed buildings. As a result, it has been possible to date the construction of many of them using tree ring counting techniques with remarkable accuracy. In some cases this has allowed dating to the precise season in which they were erected, not just the year.
Pembridge gained a royal charter allowing it to hold a market and two fairs in 1239. During the Middle Ages, the Cowslip Fair (held every May) and the Woodcock Fair (held in November) were important places for agricultural labourers across the county to seek work from landowners.
In 1856, the Leominster and Kington Railway developed a railway station to connect to Kington to Leominster. Taken over by the Great Western Railway, it closed to passengers in 1955, and freight in 1961.
Today, Pembridge has a population of around 1,000 with three pubs/restaurants, gallerie, a village shop which was built as the original church rectory, and a church. Opened in 1773, the shop closed in Dec 2010 but has now reopened as a tea room and shop.
Organisations, people and places sharing the name of the village
Despite its small size, Pembridge has a remarkable number of things named for it, including:
- Hauntings presenter James Pembridge, who is also cousin of Mark Pembridge.
- Welsh Footballer Mark Pembridge
- A square and several streets in Notting Hill, London
- Numerous hotels
- Pembridge Castle (Castles99 and Castle Wales websites)
- A business accelerator on Great Portland Street, London
- An insurance company in Ontario
- A stud in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire and
- A puppy-breeding business in New York State, USA.
- The Pembridge Helm A well-preserved example of a great helm which belonged to Sir Richard Pembridge, a knight who died in 1375
Black and White village trail-
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