I spotted this place on my way to Hereford Cathedral and determined that I'd eat there on the way back....or at least have a beer.The Grapes is made up of three old buildings, two from the 1600s and one from the 1700s. They have long been knocked through to make one pub.I liked the interior very much: old beams and squashy sofas, a pool table and...more
Castle Street, Hereford, HR1 2NW, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
The 'Imperial' is a classic 'black-and-white' pub right in the centre of Hereford. I know how hard it is to find anything but ethnic food and takeaways on a Sunday evening anywhere in the UK ,so I'd planned to have a proper 'Sunday dinner' when I arrived in Hereford prior to checking into my accommodation. The Imperial was the first place I came...more
Broad Street runs south from the Market House, where regular markets have been held since the Middle-ages. The market shown is from where the market would be if it was a Thursday or Saturday, there is also a Farmers' Market held on the first Friday of every month. Broad Street continues on to Brookend Street and is linked to Edde Cross Street and...more
Glewstone, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6AW, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
The River Wye is the fifth-longest river in the UK (134 miles or 215 km) and for parts of its length becomes part of the border between England and Wales. The source of the Wye is in the Plynlimon Hills in Mid Wales and ends by flowing into the Severn estuary. The river Wye flows through the towns of Rhayader, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford,...more
Leominster has some lovely independent shops and quaint shopping streets for you to wander along. Drapers lane was my particular favourite, here you'll find some lovely antiques shops and local craft shops. In and around the town you will find some great looking butchers. deli's and by far a favourite of mine was the fantastic bakery opposite the...more
The Talbot Hotel is situated right in the heart of Leominster and provides an excellent base for...more
The Bangla Lounge is Leominster's best kept secret by far. It's situated above an optician on West Street very close to the town centre. The staff here are very friendly and offer to make a variation of anything on the already wide and varied menu. The restaurant hasn't got a licence for alcohol so you can take your own beers/wine to have with your...more
I was pleased to see the Moors men "I think they were called" do there thing! They dance and sing and hit with big sticks i mean hit so hard if they missed someone is going to the Dr..Seriously Folks if you can you should not miss Boxing day in Ledbury , They have a fox hunt and every thing, Its very cool. Side note the animal rights folks have...more
Ledbury is a great little town it has lots to chose from, but it, as does a lot of small English towns have a few Second hand, or "Good Will" stores, I often find great gifts for friends here in the states.Ill be posting more Ledbury tips as this is a great town Close to the oldest setteled part of England. find great gifts for friends A lot less...more
Pembridge had quite a long and interesting street. I walked from one end to the other, and found an amazing array of half -timbered building's. Some had quite a lean!Then I found a lovely shop, "Gulliman's Ye Olde Shoppe," it had nice carved woodwork on the facade.Some of the house's were available for holiday letting, and I imagine most of them,...more
The "new" Inn didn't look very new, infact, it isn't, it date's back to day's when it was a Farmhouse in 1311! Back then, the Farmer's wife began brewing and selling Ale to the Merchant's and the market. From here, it went onto become a Coaching Inn, and possibly the "oldest new inn" in England.It is believed the 1461 treaty, by which Edward the IV...more
West End Farm Cottage is in the wing of the owner’s property, a cruck construction medieval hall dating back to 1424. It looked liked it could do with a paint job, but really, I thought it was lovely how it was!You can stay here if you want, and if you do, you get to see the internal timber framing, plus the bedroom has the cruck construction...more
I was lucky to be able to visit an old railway tunnel built alongside the existing tunnel under the Malvern Hills. Dug by Welsh miners using picks and shovels . Three air shafts were dropped vertically through the hills, both to provide ventilation when the tunnel was complete, and to allow eight faces to be worked at the same time. The work of tunnelling through some of the hardest rock in the country, was not easy and two firms went bankrupt trying to build the tunnel.
The work was finally completed in 1861 by a local engineer Stephen Ballard, who's family still live around Colwall.
The first train to make the journey was a coal train from South Wales. The 100 householders in the village of Colwall, were given a ton a coal each to mark the opening of the tunnel.
The original tunnel is 1,323 yards long and has a gradient of 1 in 23, which is very steep for a railway line.
There was a law passed requiring trains to stop at Colwall station so that they didn't pick up too much speed in the tunnel.
Water constantly ran into the tunnel as it was being built, but when the tunnel was complete the water was collected and used to refill the steam trains that used the line, and also to pipe water to Great Malvern station.
As trains got bigger conditions in the tunnel grew worse for the drivers and firemen on the footplate. There was only a four inch clearance between the smoke stacks of the largest steam trains and the top of the tunnel.
This meant a very smokey five minutes as the trains passed through the tunnel, and there are documented cases of crews passing out on the footplate due to the fumes.
After a partial collapse of the tunnel roof around one of the ventilation shafts in 1907 it was decided to build a new tunnel.
The Victorian tunnel closed in 1926, but still served a useful purpose in the second world war as the navy took over the old tunnel and used it to store torpedoes.
It is the home to a colony of rare horseshoe bats.