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Eastnor Castle

      
Ledbury Herefordshire England
Description : 

Eastnor Castle was built in the early 19th century in the style of a medieval Welsh-Border fortress, by John, First Earl Somers and is a good example of the great Norman and Gothic revival in architecture of that time. It is dramatically situated in a 5000 acre estate in the Malvern Hills and remains the family home of the Hervey-Bathursts, his direct descendants.


This fairytale castle is as dramatic inside as it is outside. A vast, 60 foot high Hall leads to a series of State Rooms and Gothic Drawing Room designed by Pugin, with its original furniture and to the Italian Renaissance style library which boasts magnificent views across the lake.

The Hervey-Bathurst family have lovingly restored the interiors and many of the castle's treasures which have been buried away in cellars and attics for 50 years - early Italian Fine Art, Medieval armour, 17th century Venetian furniture, Flemish tapestries and paintings by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Romney and Watts and early photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron - are now on display.

Eastnor is available as an exclusive-use venue for corporate and private events, and there are twelve beautiful guest bedrooms available for groups who wish to include overnight accommodation in their programme. The hilly and varied terrain of the estate is ideal for adventure and teambuilding activities, including Land Rover off-road driving using over 30 miles of demanding test-track.

We are open from Easter and on the Sunday and Monday of the May Bank Holidays then every Sunday until the end of September and Sunday to Thursday during the 6 week summer holidays. (please see website for opening times).

Eastnor Castle is situated in the foothills of the Malverns, lying between the Cotswolds and the Welsh Marches. The Castle is 21/2 miles east of Ledbury on the A438 Tewkesbury road.

 

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Hereford Cathedral

      
Hereford Herefordshire England
Description : 

heref cath 1Hereford Cathedral is a wonderfully ancient foundation, believed to date back to 676 AD. The present building includes examples of architecture from all periods, from the stately 12th-century nave, the graceful 13th-century Lady Chapel, the solid 14th-century central tower and the 15th-century Stanbury Chapel with its intricate fan-vaulted ceiling to the 20th-century Cathedral Library and a wealth of beautiful stained glass. It is a building which is constantly changing, but continues to stand proudly at the centre of the city, thanks to the devotion of many generations. Above all, Hereford Cathedral is on a human scale - it doesn't overwhelm with its size or grandeur. People remark on its homeliness and feeling of welcome.

The treasures housed in the Cathedral Library include the unique Mappa Mundi, an outstanding representation of the world by medieval scholars. The cathedral also owns a 1217 revision by Henry III of Magna Carta, which will be on display this summer in a special exhibition. Only four copies of this version of the charter on which British democracy is based exist. Hereford Cathedral is also home to what is believed to be the largest Chained Library in Europe.
All are welcome to worship in the cathedral. Music at Sunday services and daily services of Choral Evensong in term-time is led by the professional choir of men and boys. There are also frequent concerts and special events, including summer performances of jazz and drama in the Chapter House Garden.

Armchair Listening

Did you know that you can experience the ethereal sound of Hereford Cathedral's choral services from the comfort of your own home or office?

Through the magic of technology - you can!

There has been a choir at Hereford Cathedral since at least the 13th century, producing beautiful music in the building's unrivalled acoustic and glorious surroundings. Today, the professional choir of 18 boy choristers aged 7-13, together with the lay clerks and choral scholars (the gentlemen of the choir, who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts), continues this tradition into the 21st century, providing music at the cathedral's daily services and many special occasions throughout the year. They also reach a wider audience by singing in concerts, broadcasts on television, and radio, recordings and international tours.

The installation of a new sound system in 2015 made it possible for events in the cathedral to be recorded in-house; initially the recordings were made available to listeners on an occasional basis via the choir's Soundcloud page, but now they are regularly uploaded as webcasts to the cathedral's website, and can be enjoyed by anyone, wherever they are in the world.

The cathedral choir sings Choral Evensong every day except Wednesday in term-time, and most of the webcasts tend to be of this beautiful service of worship, which lasts around 45 minutes and includes psalms sung in the distinctive Anglican chant style; a wide range of music from many centuries; and passages of spoken text dating from the sixteenth century.

Find out more about Choral Evensong at www.choralevensong.org

Sunday morning services, individual sermons or talks and organ recitals are also sometimes produced by the cathedral as webcasts. You can also sign up to be notified by email when a new webcast service is added to the archive.

You can find them at www.herefordcathedral.org/webcasts

The cathedral is open every day, usually from 9.15 am until after the short service of Evensong, which takes place at 5.30 pm on weekdays and 3.30 pm on Sundays.

LIFE & LEARNING AT HEREFORD CATHEDRAL

life and learningHereford Cathedral have recently announced their latest Life & Learning programme which features a range of talks, lectures and discussions.

Life & Learning is the adult education arm of Hereford Cathedral which works to broaden understanding and debate in theology, social issues and the arts. It offers a wide range of opportunities for study and learning, and for experiencing the Christian faith in many aspects. Open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, it aims to be a forum for honesty and engagement.

In 2019, the tenth year of the Life & Learning programme, there is a diverse range of subject matter ranging from church records to children's reactions to sacred spaces. Other highlights include two illustrated talks on twelfth-century French Religious Art led by Peter White (Thursday 21 & 28 February). These talks will look at both the sculpture and stained glass windows of the Romanesque cathedral of Chartres which was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1194.

The following month (Thursday 28 March), a celebration of Hereford Diocese's link with the Lutheran Kirchenkreis of Nuremberg will take place in College Hall. The evening will feature speakers from the Nuremberg Committee who will discuss the many different links between the two cities, alongside German beer and sausages.

This year's annual Ethelbert lecture, which takes place on Tuesday 21 May, is given by Professor Nicholas Vincent and explores the legacy of Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England in 1216. Vincent is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia and an authority on the Plantagenet kings and the context of Magna Carta.

One of the final events of the programme will take place on Tuesday 18 June and will focus on the hidden history of the Cathedral Cloisters. Recent research completed as part of the Eastern Cloisters Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) unearthed many discoveries of the people who have inhabited the residential area of the cathedral. Sarah Hollingdale, Eastern Cloisters Project Officer, will lead this talk sharing the stories of some of the more eccentric characters who have lived within the Cloisters.

The Life & Learning catalogue is available to pick up in the cathedral or download from the cathedral website at www.herefordcathedral.org/life-and-learning. Ticket prices vary and more information can be provided by the Cathedral Library on 01432 374225 or library@herefordcathedral.org

 

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Black and White House Museum

      
Hereford Herefordshire England
Description : 

History Lives Here !


bw 2A magnificent Jacobean half-timbered building in the heart of Hereford City, now a wonderfully preserved house, furnished in period style. 

Built in 1621 and home, in the past, to butchers, saddlers and bankers, explore the rooms which give a glimpse into daily life during the 17th Century.

The Black & White House Museum is a very welcoming place in the heart of the city. The house was built in 1621, and the museum gives an insight into 17th century life: after passing through the reception area and shop (where you can buy replica goods from the civil war period), the ground floor room tells the history of the period, with plenty of information panels and a model of Hereford at the time.

Moving upstairs to the re-created rooms from the 1640s, the museum visit becomes a lot more interactive: there is a dressing up rail of clothes, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to try them on and even to have pictures taken around the dining table.

The second floor has reproduction furniture and visitors are encouraged to be hands-on here - try out the bed and see how it was put together, discover what the bedstaves were for (to loosen up the bedding), and to examine (but not use!) the 'stool of ease.' Finally, don't miss the prodigal son story on the wall hangings in the smaller bedroom.

The museum is a welcome slice of history in the
centre of the commercial heart of Hereford and well worth the visit.

"loved dressing up and activities"
"it was amazing, it was great, we loved it"

The whole focus of the museum is firmly on the 17th Century and visitors can dress up and fully immerse themselves in the period.

Enjoy the hands-on activities for children and look out for special family events.

If you would be interested in volunteering at the Black and White House Museum please email us at culturalvolunteering@herefordshire.gov.uk

Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk
Web: www.blackandwhitehouse.org
Telephone 01432 260694
High Town, Hereford, HR1 2AA

Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Sunday 11.30am-2.30pm Museum shop.
Wheelchair access ground floor only

Bringing history to life !

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Berrington Hall

         
Leominster Herefordshire England

Croft Castle

         
nr Leominster Herefordshire England
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