Welcome to Weobley - The Jewel in the Crown of Herefordshire’s Black and White Villages

Museum and Local History Centre

The Museum and Research room is on the site of the old Court and Police Station, adjacent to the library. Opening Hours: April to September Monday 10am – 1pm & Thursday 2pm - 5pm, Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm.  The museum is also open at other reasonable times by arrangement. Contact the Joint Curators: Gina Harley 01544 318278 or Sue Hubbard 01981 590319 to discuss.

The Museum has re-opened for the season with new displays about the Verdin family at Garnstone and Weobley during the Second World War. If you would like to know what a 1940 evacuee from London thought about the village, where our own Dad’s Army were based or where the bombs dropped, call in during opening hours. Did you know that apart from enemy bombs dropping in the area, many bombs were jettisoned nearby, at Hyatt Sarnesfield and along the hill from Wormsley to Yarsop. One unexploded bomb was found in the field behind Weobley Church many years later.

Our museum is very small but we hold a wide variety of artefacts and documents relating to the Weobley area. We like to show as much of our material as we can in the space available, and we change our displays each year. We hope that these notes will help you to enjoy looking round our museum and make sure that you don’t miss anything!

To the left of the main entrance is a display of items found in the area by a local metal detectorist. The other display case on that wall holds photographs and documents celebrating the life and work of Ella Mary Leather whose book on the Folklore of Herefordshire was first published in 1912. Mrs Leather was born in Dilwyn but spent most of her married life in Weobley where her husband was the local solicitor.  Between these two displays you will see a handsome long case made by Weobley clock maker Uvedale Davies in about 1850. The clock was donated to the museum in 2010 and has recently been restored.

The third cabinet in this room celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a display of coronation mugs and other royal memorabilia, many of them loaned by our members. Try opening the drawers below the glass case where you will see some of the small items that we have chosen to reflect people’s everyday lives during the last two hundred years.

 As you walk up the ramp into the second room take time to look at the Weobley Castle display in the tall cabinet by the library door, and the old maps and farming tools displayed on the walls.

The second room is mainly devoted to the houses and architecture of Weobley, with paintings and photographs of local scenes “then and now” and models that show the building techniques used. The two fine carved heads are from Millington House, now demolished, which formerly stood in the middle of the village. Exhibits in this room include the bell from Weobley Workhouse, a Bamford knife grinder and a hot water carrier used by the servants at Garnstone Castle.  The cabinet in this room features life in the 1950s and the display panels on the far wall record local sporting teams and events. Before you leave this room, test your knowledge of the past by trying to identify the mystery items in our Puzzle Corner.

Research at Weobley Museum

The museum holds various documents that may be useful for local and family history research including details of monumental inscriptions in the parish church and churchyard, extracts from local trade directories and transcripts of some Weobley parish registers and accounts. If you would like to see any of these please ask the volunteer steward on duty. We do not have a photocopier in the museum but can usually arrange to take any copies that you want later and post them on to you.

Many of the documents that we hold are not on open access due to lack of space. If the steward can’t answer your enquiry immediately please leave your contact details and details of your enquiry so that one of our curators can get in touch with you to see if we can help you.

This Painting of  the High Street is on view.

This Painting of the High Street is on view.

The Bamford Knife Grinder

The Bamford Knife Grinder

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