WHAT TO DO IN WIGMORE
If you are interested in English history then Wigmore is a real treat.
Wigmore was one the most important of the castles founded along the
Welsh Marches after the Norman Conquest. It retained its military
significance until the English Civil War.
The Castle is now a glorious ruin, but in medieval England was the seat
of power of the influential Mortimers; Roger Mortimer made Wigmore his
base and held many banquets and tournaments within its castle walls.
It’s a short walk and climb from Pear Tree Farm and there are stunning
views from the keep.
On the way up visit Wigmore’s very impressive church – St James. Parts
date from 960 and you can see Saxon herringbone stonework on the
interior and exterior walls. Wigmore is mentioned in the Anglo Saxon
Chronicles and in the Domesday Book.
The Castle was destroyed in the Civil War (1642 – 1651) by
parliamentarian Lady Brilliana Harley who owned it at that time. The
Harley Family still occupy the estate at Brampton Bryan, which is hidden behind a wonderful old cloud clipped yew hedge.
You may not know that London’s Wigmore, Harley and Mortimer Streets are
all named after this village and the great families associated with it.
You can find out more about the Mortimers and their history from
Our book ‘Wigmore Times … Then and Now’ can be obtained from the village
shop and you can read up on Wigmore’s history with authors Alison Weir
in ‘Isabella, She-Wolf of France’ and Ian Mortimer in ‘The Greatest
The Apartment at Pear Tree Farm, Wigmore, Herefordshire HR6 9UR.
7 miles from Ludlow. © Steve Dawson and Jill