The Leominster History Study Group

The group has prepared several exhibitions;  has assisted with two Summer Schools; and has launched twelve publications. Copies of these two books are still for sale:

The Lion Hotel and Ballroom, Leominster 1997
Hymns Ancient & Modern and Henry Williams Baker 2013

   
ISBN 9780953631452  ISBN 0 99511995 5 2 

 

Previous publications, now sold out include:

French Barns, Cambridge Rolls and Register Grates 1999
The Early Church in Herefordshire 2001
facsimile: Price's History of Leominster 1793
Castle Moat, Leominster archaeology
Kimbolton with Hamnish 1986
Kimbolton with Hamnish into the New Millennium 2001
The Buttercross, 1993  (Leominster crossroads)
CD of Photographs Leominster Grammar Sch 2010

 BRITISH LIBRARY HAS PUBLISHED HARLEY 2253 ON THE WEB 
This book, 14th C., contains the Early English and Norman French 'Harley Lyrics.'
On folio 132r "Incipit legenda de S'to Etrfrido,"  there is the Leominster legend.
http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=harley_ms_2253_f049r
the legend is on folio 132r (hover in right margin: click f.132r). Isn't it beautiful?

The copyright remains with the  BRITISH LIBRARY.© The British Library Board.
see  our EARLY CHURCH IN HEREFORDSHIRE   and TRANSLATION onthis site

Ye Olde Fashioned Version of the Story in 37 verses.
The Poem EDFRIDE by John Hackluyt of Eaton was written (c. 1605) when Leominster was beginning to sort out the problems left by the Reformation -- school, library, amshouses, law enforcement. It is written in a deliberately old-fashioned style, and Blacklock mischievously claimed it was pre-Conquest.
 

HEREFORDSHIRE HISTORIC LANDSCAPE WALKS 2016
It is important to book with Tim Hoverd  early in the preceding week.

Leominster HISTORICAL SOCIETY monthly, a Wednesday 7:00 pm Grange Court

City of Culture post   Hereford's bid.


Sunday March 26th at 7.00pm
Border Voices; Music for Lent

A rare collection of music from 17th Century originating in Mexico. Admission free. Retiring collection in aid of the Priory Restoration Fund

 OUR PUBLICATIONS . . .

local books researched and published by the Group over thirty years on Industrial, Social, and Architectural History.

A&M and Henry Williams Baker OUR MOST RECENT BOOK describes a great Victorian endeavour.  Hymns Ancient & Modern sold over 2,000,000 copies in twenty years (from1861) with no institutional  backing from Church or State.   

Success was largely due to the drive of the Rev. Sir Henry Williams Baker,  vicar of the village of Monkland. From this rural base Henry Baker created and financed the entire project, with the help of a few friends.  The foremost musicians, poets, scholars were motivated by him to contribute to the work.
 
‘Hymns Ancient & Modern and Henry Williams Baker’ describes how this happened,  …and the reinvention of church architecture, music, organ building, decorative arts that was the background to the enterprise.

The book is now also available from  <http://www.chbookshop.co.uk/>
who are advertising the new  A&M:  Hymns and songs for refreshing worship 
And the Hymns Ancient and Modern Anniversary Edition 

Aardvark Books U.K. have kindly agreed to handle overseas sales for us:
 http://www.aardvark-books.com/    Tel: + 44 (0) 1547 530744 

  

THE LION BALLROOM, BROAD STREET:

a)  the subject of an article in the Birmingham Post  (6 Oct)
b) written up in one of our best books  The Lion Hotel and Ballroom 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL PHOTOS      

PRINTING-HISTORY PICTURES  


Tailpiece
From  Glogauer Liederbuch 

 Bonum vinum cum sapore
bibit abbas cum priore 
sed conventus de peiore

semper solet bibere
bibit semper misere 
qui non habet solvere.

 With the prior every day 
Abbot sips a good Tokay
savouring its fine bouquet.

 Lesser brothers’ tipple worse is,
drinking vinegar with curses,
brotherhood of empty purses.