Sargeants Bros bus in Weobley
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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).
It is known that brewing and glove-making were carried out in the village during the Saxon period.
The village has early 13th century Church, St Peter and St Paul's Church, Weobley. 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.
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.
On 3 August 2016, the BBC's The One Show was broadcast entirely from Weobley.
Colonel John Birch's tomb, St. Peter & St. Paul's Church, Weobley
- "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- Palmer, Mike (10 February 2001). "Taking pride of place". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
- "Golden Cross and Weobley ward population 2011". Retrieved 30 October 2015.
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