Misty morning at St James’ Church. © www.MichaelFieldsend.com
Wigmore Castle

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 www.mortimerhistorysociety.org.uk.
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 Traitor’.

St James’ 61ft bell tower
St James' Herringbone stonework
View over Wigmore village from the church bell tower
View of Wigmore glacial lake from the castle. Wonderful walks
The Apartment at Pear Tree Farm, Wigmore, Herefordshire HR6 9UR.      7 miles from Ludlow.      © Steve Dawson and Jill Fieldhouse