Leominster (promounced Lemster) is located in the heart of the beautiful border countryside, where England and Wales meet. It is a great historic Market town which dates back to the 7th Century.
Some say that Leominster is named after Earl Leofric, the husband of Lady Godiva who famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry on horseback. Others say that Leominster takes its name from a minster which was in the district of Lene or Leon.
"Shopping in Leominster"
The town centre is awash with great looking black and white timbered buildings which house quaint coffee shops, pubs and a whole range of other establishments. The picturesque shopping streets house a number of high street shops and many unique local boutiques.
Leominster has some great open spaces just a stones throw away from the town. The Grange is a great parkland area which has many benches, play area and is a perfect place to take a picnic.
A short history of Leominster
"A place for old buildings"
Leominster lies in the heart of the Marches, the beautiful borderlands of England and Wales.
The town dates from the 7th century and its first recorded name is 'Llanllieni', the Welsh name meaning 'church on the streams'. Leominster's history can be seen throughout the town, retaining its medieval and Tudor characteristics, narrow streets and timber framing, School Lane being a fine example. The town's most distinctive building is the unique Grange Court.
Present day Leominster has much to offer the visitor. It is a pleasant market town, where on Fridays, Corn Square is thronged with local people between the closely packed market stalls. Leominster is well known for the abundance and variety of antique shops, ranging from high quality antiques to cheap and cheerful bric-a-brac. Regular antique auctions are held at the Fine Art sales rooms off Ryelands Road. Leominster also has a wide variety of small specialist shops and cafes for you to explore.
The bit below about it being quiet is a JOKE!!
On the 24th May 2003 at 16.00 an illegal RAVE started 300 yards from my back door. It finished at 14.00 on 27th May and, bless them, the music (music?) did not stop for one nana-second.
No Gerry and the Pacemakers followed by Billy J Kramer here folks, just thump, thump, thump, squeal, squeal, squeal. I felt quite punative after getting no sleep.
The town's wealth arose primarily due to the wool trade of its local Ryeland sheep. The fleeces came to be known as 'Leminster Ore', meaning Leominster Gold.
"The Old Priory"
There may well have been earlier religious houses on this site, and there was certainly a nunnery in the 9th century which was dissolved in 1046, but the beautiful red sandstone church as seen today is all that remains of the 12th century Benedictine monastery.
Henry I gave the manor of Leominster to Reading Abbey in 1123, and soon after a priory was founded as a cell of Reading. Leominster Priory became a very wealthy house and, as such, managed to survive the suppression until 1539. Following the Dissolution, the Lady Chapel, the east end of the priory church, and the transepts were all destroyed, together with most of the monastic buildings. Only the nave remained, serving the local parishioners as it had always done. But what a splendid remainder this is. Essentially the church consists of three parallel naves, and an additional aisle that makes the building almost as wide as it is long. Stumpy cylindrical columns punctuate the north arcade, with triforium and clerestory above. An original feast of Norman simplicity. In complete contrast, the south aisle is a wonderful combination of fine Decorated and elegant Perpendicular work, completed during late 13th/early 14th centuries. A section of arcade between the nave and the south aisle had to be rebuilt after being seriously damaged by fire in 1699. This was again altered at the time of the great Victorian restoration under Sir Gilbert Scott.
Leominster Priory is situated on the outskirts of the town, and the beauty of its architecture is enhanced by its semi-rural setting. A first quick glance may give the unsuspecting visitor the impression that it is a lovely old house surrounded by landscaped parkland, but closer inspection will show the skills of those early ecclesiastical builders. The Norman west tower, below which is a richly moulded doorway, each pillar topped by an elaborately carved Romanesque capital and frieze. Looking up at the south elevation, five windows filled with exquisite tracery have survived remarkably well. Window tracery was a standard trademark of the Decorated period, but such fine examples are now rare.
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