Eardisley

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Eardisley
Olde-worlde facades, Eardisley, Herefordshire.jpg
Eardisley is located in Herefordshire
Eardisley
Eardisley
Location within Herefordshire
Population754 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSO3149
Civil parish
  • Eardisley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHereford
Postcode districtHR3
Dialling code01544
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament
WebsiteEardisley Group Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Herefordshire
52°08′20″N 3°00′29″W / 52.139°N 3.008°W / 52.139; -3.008Coordinates: 52°08′20″N 3°00′29″W / 52.139°N 3.008°W / 52.139; -3.008

Eardisley (/ˈɜːrdzli/) is a village and civil parish in Herefordshire about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) south of the centre of Kington. Eardisley is in the Wye valley in the northwest of the county, close to the border with Wales.

The village is part of the "Black and white village trail", having many timber-framed buildings along its high street. Recent dendrochronology dating work on timbers in these buildings has revealed that some parts date back to the 14th century.

History[edit]

Eardisley Park estate includes the site of Eardisley Castle;[2] the manor house built during the Georgian period burned down in 1999 and was replaced with a replica in 2003.[3]

Parish church[edit]

St Mary Magdalene's church

The Church of England parish church of St. Mary Magdalene is a 12th-century building noted for its font, carved in about 1150,[4] it is a Norman work of the Herefordshire School and bears some resemblance to the carvings at Kilpeck in south Herefordshire.[4] It combines intricate Celtic knotwork patterns with dramatic scenes, including the Harrowing of Hell and two knights fighting,[4] it is a grade I listed building.[5]

The south aisle windows were renewed by the Gothic Revival architect Ewan Christian in 1863.[4]

George Coke, Bishop of Hereford, was buried here; the churchyard extension contains the Commonwealth war graves of a Herefordshire Regiment soldier of World War I and a Royal Engineers soldier and a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse of World War II.[6]

Hay Railway[edit]

The Hay Railway (HR) was an early Welsh narrow gauge horse tramway that connected Eardisley (10 miles northeast of Hay-on-Wye) with Watton Wharf in Brecon on the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal. From 1 May 1820, the Hay Railway was joined at its Eardisley terminus, in an end on junction, by the Kington Tramway. Together, the two lines totalled 36 miles in length, comprising the longest continuous plateway to be completed in the United Kingdom;[7] the Hay railway operated through rural areas on the borders of England and Wales and was built to transport goods and freight. Passengers were not carried on any official basis; the Hay Railway was absorbed into the Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway in 1860 and the line was converted to standard gauge[8] for operation by steam locomotives.

Amenities[edit]

Eardisley has two public houses, the Tram Inn and The New Strand; the New Strand is the headquarters for the North West Herefordshire Pool League which incorporates the Eardisley Summer Pool League and the Portway Winter Pool League.

The New Strand is also headquarters to the Hay and District Darts League & the Weobley and District Darts League.

The parish has a Women's Institute; the village holds the annual Eardisley Flower Show on August Bank Holiday each year.[9]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Eardisley Park, Eardisley, Herefordshire, England". Parksandgardens.org. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  3. ^ "What ever happened to 'Bleak House?'". Hereford Times. 3 July 2003. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Pevsner, 1963, page 121
  5. ^ "Church of St.mary Magdalene, Eardisley". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  6. ^ [1] CWGC cemetery report, details from casualty record.
  7. ^ Simmons 1997, p. 134
  8. ^ Baughan 1980, page 205
  9. ^ "Eardisley Flower Show". Eardisley. Eardisley Group Parish Council. Retrieved 19 December 2010.

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