England’s full of quiet little market towns. Part of the ‘Black & White Villages‘ tourist trail, Leominster was founded by Saxon monks in the 7th century. It grew into a significant wool trading centre during the Middle Ages; powerful merchants showed off their wealth with grand timber-framed houses and fancy meeting rooms.
Their buildings now look quaint, and Leominster has gently decayed ever since. It’s full of vintage charm: more pre-loved than antique.
It’s pronounced ‘Lemster‘.
For centuries the annual winter floods used to isolate tiny, agricultural Herefordshire from the rest of England and Wales. Still a farming community, often flooded, and still with poor transport links to the outside world, the county seems to have stalled on the hard shoulder of Time’s motorway (it only has 5 miles of real motorway!)
Time’s passed it by – but it is changing.
The 21st century has made little impact on Leominster – but it is changing. Towns like this get modernised haphazardly, on the cheap. Remarkable old work falls apart, to be replaced or covered with very unremarkable new build. Pathways are shut off without explanation. Businesses close. Young people leave.
I hope to share a little of Leominster’s shifting character. It’s just one resident’s view.
No-one seems to document this happening, so I hope to share a little of Leominster’s shifting character. It’s just one resident’s view.
Click around, and enjoy the visit.