Leominster, Hereforshire: History In Old Film

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. 

It is steeped in history, set in beautiful countryside and enjoys close proximity to Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Wales.

Leominster History In 10 Bullet Points:

  • Christian community established c660CE by St. Edfrid of Northumberland
  • Home to he English Saint Æthelmod of Leominster
  • 8th and 9th Century Dane (or Viking) raids 
  • Burial of Leominster Hoard – Saxon jewellery, silver ingots & coins (discovered 2015)
  • Battle of Llanllieni of 1052 – the Welsh verses Normans & English Saxons
  • Priory of Leominster established 1121
  • Sacking of priory & local manors by Owain Glyndŵr in 1402
  • Ryeland sheep and Lemster wool created great wealth in the Middle Ages
  • 1748 Pinsley Mill had one of the first spinning machines (burned down 1754)
  • 1809 Jenny Pipes was one of the last to ever suffer ordeal by ducking stool

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.

Flooding In The 1950s

Dale Flood Scenes in Leominster and District 10642 

On 27th and 28th of November 1954, Leominster and the local district suffered flooding. Arts Alive & Flicks in the Sticks uploaded this footage to YouTube.

Views Of The 1979 General Election

ATV Today 26 04 1979 Election ’79 Leominster 

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 the posh accents common amongst the middle classes of the time.

Leominster Morris Dancing Event

Leominster Museum, Herefordshire – 2015

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’.

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