The Old House, Hereford

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The Old House, Hereford.

The Old House is a distinctive black and white half-timbered house in High Town, Hereford, England, built in 1621, that is now a museum.[1]


The Black and White House Museum is a well-preserved half-timbered Jacobean building in the centre of Hereford.[1] It was built in 1621 as part of Butchers' Row. In 1816, other buildings on the row started to be demolished,[2] and, now, Old House is the only remaining house in the original row. The house has been used by butchers, ironmongers, and bankers during its history.

The Old House was restored in 1882.[3] New carvings were added in 1883 by Robert Clarke and the ground floor was altered in 1882-3 by Edward Henry Lingen Barker.[4]

The Old House in Hereford (now called the Black and White House Museum features the Butchers Guild coat of arms)

The coat of arms above the front door is that of the Worshipful Company of Butchers even though Hereford is reported to have had its own butchers guild when the house was built.[5]

The fireplace in the South East room came from another house in the city and is probably 15th century. The moulded frieze on the second floor is early 18th century. In a 1931 report the house was described as the "best preserved example of a timber framed house in the city".[3]

The Old House became a Grade 1 listed building in 1952.[6]


Since 1929, the Old House has been a museum presenting life in Jacobean times. The house is furnished in the style of the period. Objects on display include baby walkers and wall paintings. The museum's beds include at least one from Penrhyn Old Hall.[7] In 2017, brand new embroidered bedspreads were displayed on the beds in the museum.[8]

The museum includes displays on three floors.[9] Access to the upper floors is by stairs though the ground floor is fully accessible.[10]

In 2017, Herefordshire Council refurbished the Old House and changed the name to The Black and White House Museum.[11]

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  1. ^ a b Old House, High Town, Hereford, Culture 24, UK.
  2. ^ The Old House, Haunted Hereford, UK.
  3. ^ a b An inventory of the historic monuments in Herefordshire. Royal Commission on Historic Monuments in England. 1931.
  4. ^ Weaver, Philip (2015). A Dictionary of Herefordshire Biography. Logaston Press. p. 23. ISBN 978-1906663971.
  5. ^ "The Mayor's Chain". Hereford City Heritage. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Search the List". Historic England.
  7. ^ "The Old House, Hereford, Herefordshire, England".
  8. ^ Cain, Rebecca. "Hard work of art society members goes on display". The Hereford Times. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  9. ^ "The Black and White House Museum". Tripadvisor. 20 December 2017.
  10. ^ "The Black and White House Museum". Herefordshire Council. Herefordshire Council. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  11. ^ Goddard, Ben. "The Black and White House Museum in High Street, Hereford, to be opened following refurbishment". The Hereford Times. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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Coordinates: 52°03′23″N 2°42′54″W / 52.05649°N 2.7149°W / 52.05649; -2.7149