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The Hereford Bus - geograph.org.uk - 2549306.jpg
Sargeants Bros bus in Weobley
Weobley is located in Herefordshire
Location within Herefordshire
Population1,255 (2011)[1]
Civil parish
  • Weobley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHR4
Dialling code01544
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°09′32″N 2°52′23″W / 52.159°N 2.873°W / 52.159; -2.873Coordinates: 52°09′32″N 2°52′23″W / 52.159°N 2.873°W / 52.159; -2.873

Weobley (/ˈwɛbli/ WEB-lee) is a large village and civil parish in Herefordshire, England. Formerly a market town, it is today one of the county's black and white villages.


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).[citation needed]

The village has early 13th century Church, St Peter and St Paul's Church, Weobley.[2] The Church has a Norman south doorway, a 13th-century chancel and 14th-century tower and a spire that is the second-tallest in the county. The church also has the tomb of Colonel John Birch. There is also castle ruins; a high school (Weobley High School) and a primary school with a pioneering system of heating.

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

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.[citation needed]

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.[3]

On 3 August 2016, the BBC's The One Show was broadcast entirely from Weobley.[citation needed]


Weobley is part of the electoral ward called Golden Cross and Weobley. The population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 2,985.[4]



  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.visitherefordshirechurches.co.uk/st-peter-st-paul-weobley/
  3. ^ Palmer, Mike (10 February 2001). "Taking pride of place". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Golden Cross and Weobley ward population 2011". Retrieved 30 October 2015.

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