INTRODUCTION 

the village street

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    Bosbury is a small country village in Herefordshire, a county of England situated immediately beside the border with Wales. Just outside the eastern edge of the county are the famous Malvern Hills, which we can see from the village, and the county town of Hereford is sixteen miles to the west.

This is a farming area with apple and pear orchards, hop yards, potato fields and sheep and cattle pasture. In particular you will see the white and red-brown breed known as Hereford cattle which are famous worldwide. The village is in the valley of the tiny river Leadon (pronounced Lèd-un) and incidentally Bosbury is pronounced Bòz-buree. Many of the houses in the main street and the public house (once a coaching inn) are timber-framed with a black-and-white timber fronts. And many of these houses and old farmhouses have the status of UK Historic Listed Buildings.

Barry Sharples in the garden

    My name is Barry Sharples and I lived in Bosbury for over 20 years and then moved to the market town of Ledbury 5 miles away. I learned a lot about the village’s history in particular working with the local history group, the Bosbury Chroniclers, and the Herefordshire branch of the Victoria County History project. The information on this website has been assembled by a number of people whose names you will find recorded on the various pages. Also many thanks to many correspondents from all over the world who have helped me add to and amend the information given on a number of subjects.

I must mention an excellent book entitled ‘Bosbury’ published by VCH in 2017 which is available from the Bell pub, local bookshops and online.

I hope you enjoy exploring the rich and varied strands of Bosbury’s history.

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Barry Sharples, 2023.


PS  I have included here a UK Standard-gauge Preserved Steam Locomotives page which provides a snapshot of the world of steam in 2021. Absolutely nothing to do with Bosbury history but just fascinating stuff and worth archiving.

PPS  As you explore you will discover that six historical typefaces are used in this website. And there are also six modern fonts used on the more recent history pages.


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