The picturesque market town of Ledbury is located on the River Leadon to the west of the Malvern Hills and is famous for its impressive number of grade I and grade II timber-framed structures. Ledbury is also just one hundred and thirty-three miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough and it is well worth taking a trip out to visit the store in person. Stock up on your favourite e-liquids as well as checking out the newest additions to our incredible range. And while you’re there take a look at the our new clothing line and selection of vaping accessories for more great deals.
Ledbury dates back to the 7th century and was recorded in the Domesday Book as Liedeberge. The name of the town comes from the River Leadon and the Old English word ‘burg’ which means a fortified or defended site.
The town was located on a drover’s road which was used to drive cattle and this traffic helped keep the town’s economy going. By the 16th century The Feathers Hotel was a famous drover’s inn, making it’s living from the regular flow of visitors and the town’s prosperity also grew as it became a centre for cloth and leather trade.
During the Civil war in the middle of the 17th century the town was staunchly Royalist. In 1645 The Battle of Ledbury broke out when Prince Rupert marched all night with his men to attack the forces of Parliamentarian Colonel Massey who had advanced on the town. There was fierce fighting in the streets as thousands of soldiers clashed and both sides took heavy losses before the Royalists were victorious and the Parliamentarian forces scattered.
Relics from the Battle of Ledbury are held at Saint Michael Church as well and the Folk Museum at Butcher Row House which also houses a collection of World War II memorabilia. During the second World War, in addition to many local men joining up to fight, Ledbury was also home to a patrol of the British Resistance Organisation, or Auxiliary Units. These forces were assembled by Winston Churchill with the task of going underground and resisting the German forces if there was ever a successful Nazi invasion. Thankfully these Auxiliary Units were never needed.
Ledbury has had a number of literary connections throughout its history. Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived there in the 19th century. The town was the birthplace of poet laureate John Masefield and William Wordsworth visited the town and wrote a sonnet entitled ‘Saint Catherine of Ledbury.’
In addition to the leather and fabric trades, Ledbury has been home to a variety of industries including a jam factory and large scale cider production. Over the years Ledbury has attracted many visitors to experience the beautiful countryside as well as the distinctive, timber-frame buildings that make up so much of the town centre. Tourism still thrives today in this bustling market town.
Ledbury has a lot to offer whether you’re looking for shopping, picturesque countryside or beautiful buildings, many of which are historic grade I and grade II listed structures. While enjoying a stroll around this remarkable town be sure to bring your vaping equipment so you can enjoy your favourite e-liquids. The Medusa Juice Vaping Store in Peterborough is just a few hours away so you can check out the amazing range of e-liquids as well as vaping accessories and our new clothing line. Visit in person or explore our convenient online store regularly to keep up to date with the latest offers and contests as well as the newest additions to our great selection.
Things to do
It’s impossible to avoid the historic, timber-framed buildings in Ledbury, so why not start with these beautiful landmarks. Church street in the centre of town is a wonderful, cobbled street lined with medieval structures. The experience is like stepping back in time and is unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere.
While exploring Church Street visitors can enjoy the many shops along the way, including tea rooms, cafes and a great pub that also serves food. This historic street is home to the 16th Century Painted Room, a free museum where you can see paintings uncovered in the 1980s. This collection of art is one of the best examples of Elizabethan wall paintings surviving today.
Two miles out of Ledbury you’ll find Eastnor Castle near the village of Eastnor. This 19th Century revival castle is surrounded by an impressive deer park and both are well worth a visit. Explore the state rooms while expert guides explain the history of the castle. Visitors can walk around the beautiful grounds as well as the arboretum and breathtaking lake. There is also an Adventure Playground for children in addition to a tearoom and ice cream parlour making this historic sight fun for all ages.
For more history you should take a look at the museums in Ledbury. The Heritage Centre is part of the old Grammar school, dating back to the 15th century it has a wealth of information on the town’s past. Butcher Row House Museum contains a number of artefacts from the Civil War as well as other interesting displays on local history. And The Master’s House is a recently restored building from the Tudor period that is also home to the town library.
And while you’re here
As well as beautiful countryside and a remarkable number of historic buildings and sights of interest, Ledbury also boasts a number of great pubs, restaurants and shops. The town has a country market as well as farm shops, antique stores and gift shops to explore. While visiting the sights or picking up a souvenir, consider taking a trip out to the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough where you’ll find a fantastic range of e-liquids. Visit the store regularly to stay up to date with the latest additions to our selection as well as great deals and contests. And if you’re looking for quality hoodies and t-shirts with great designs, take a look at the new Medusa Juice clothing line.