- Pinches, S. - Ledbury: People and Parish before the Reformation.
Chichester, Phlllimore, 2010. Added 7 Feb 2011.
- Pinches, S. - Ledbury: A Market Town and its Tudor Heritage.
Chichester, Phillimore, 2009. Added 7 Feb 2011.
- Eisel, John and Shoesmith, Ron - The Pubs of Bromyard, Ledbury
& East Herefordshire. Logaston Press, 2003.
An entertaining book. Almost every other building in Ledbury seems to
have been a public house at some time in the past!
- Hillaby, Joe - Ledbury, a Medieval Borough. Published by
Ledbury and District Society Trust/Logaston Press, 1997 (2nd Ed.)
The definitive history of Ledbury, beginning from its origins in the 8th century following the
foundation of the diocese of Hereford in 690 and its choice as the site for a minster
church arising from its importance as a crossing place of major east-west and north-south
routes. This book contains numerous maps, tables, photographs and lists of names
and is an absolute MUST for anyone researching family origins in Ledbury.
- Postle, David - A Glimpse of Old Ledbury. Published by
Amber Graphics, Ledbury. November 1988.
Quoting from inside its front cover:
"Ledbury must be one of the most attractive towns in the country, largely
unspoilt with its cobbled street to the church, and a seventeenth-century market
house on stilts. A visitor from the past would find relatively few changes in the
buildings, but he would notice the influence of the motor car...the streets are full of
cars and lorries, either parked or moving, and this does tend to obscure the beauty
of the town. It is difficult at times to appreciate the buildings below floor level!"
David Postle has selected some beautiful photographs of Ledbury and the
surrounding villages, concentrating on the first twenty years of the 20th century,
before the advent of the motor car, and together with the accompanying text
they give a fascinating insight into people, buildings and events of the time -
"more than just a book of photographs -
it is a glimpse into a way of life that few people are able to remember."
NB: This book may be out of print, but Ledbury Library has copies so it should be
available by Inter-Library Loan (ILL).
- Ledbury has been home for three famous poets, John MASEFIELD, William LANGLAND,
and Elizabeth BARRETT-BROWING. Elizabeth was born in 1806 at Coxhoe Hall in Durham, and
in 1809 her family moved to live at Hope End, just north of Ledbury. It was here where Elizabeth
started writing her poetry, although she never returned after the family left in 1832, saying that to
do so 'would be like seeking to bring together a plucked flower and its broken stalk'.
- The final page of the Ledbury general register 1686-1744
has a list of
Ledbury Births 1696-1706 - "all persons born in the parish of Ledbury
and not christened"", which appears to be the result of a single census
carried out in about 1706, perhaps recording non-conformists. Added 19 Apr 2008.
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