Enjoy a glimpse of history through old images of Leominster, Herefordshire, England, UK.
Leominster, a market town in the English region of the West Midlands, is home to almost 12,000 people. That makes it the largest community in Herefordshire after the city of Hereford.
Hops for beer were grown locally. Each year entire families arrived in the area to work as hop pickers.
At the other end of the social scale, locals could enjoy imported wines and spirits.
Old Photos of Leominster
Broad Street 1924
During the Great War, later known as World War I, many auxiliary hospitals were set up across the country to cope with the large scale of casualties inflicted in the European trenches and other conflict zones.
in Herefordshire the auxiliary hospitals were opened at Hampton Grange (Hereford) Hightree House (Leintwardine), Beechwood Red Cross Hospital (Hereford), Sarnesfield Court Red Cross Hospital (Weobley, S.O.), Red Cross Hospital (Kington), Red Cross Hospital (Ross-on-Wye), The Upper Hall (Ledbury), and Hampton Court Hospital, Leominster.
Flooding In The 1950s
On 27th and 28th of November 1954, Leominster and the local district suffered flooding. Arts Alive & Flicks in the Sticks uploaded footage to YouTube about this event.
“Dale Flood Scenes in Leominster and District 10642” – YouTube
Views Of The 1979 General Election
YouTube channel Arts Alive & Flicks in the Sticks uploaded this interview first broadcast on 26 April 1979.
This was the last time Leominster was a marginal seat, with the Tories struggling to hold on against the liberals. The Labour party received so few votes they lost their deposit.
Note how posh the middle class accents were at the time.
“ATV Today 26 04 1979 Election ’79 Leominster” – YouTube
Leominster Morris Dancing Event
Here we see traditional Morris dancers celebrating the opening of the Leominster Museum 2015 season, and in particular the new exhibition, ‘Here Be Dragons – A History of Morris Dancing and Mumming in Leominster’.
Leominster Museum, Herefordshire – 2015 – YouTube
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Say Leominster?
People unfamiliar with Herefordshire’s largest market town are tempted to say ‘Lee-o-min-ster’, but it’s actually pronounced Lemster. In nearby Wales, Welsh speakers call the town Llanllieni.
How Did Leominster Get Its Name?
The district was long ago known as Lene or Leon, derived from the Old Welsh word lei (to flow). A community of clergy – known as a minster – was established there.
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