Herefordshire Lore has been collecting, publishing and archiving people’s recollections since 1989. Herefordshire Lore works to remember, celebrate and record Herefordshire’s past history before it is lost with passing generations. It is run by a group of volunteers who design, plan and gain funding for projects.A diverse range of resources have been published including the quarterly ‘In Our Age’ which can be read on this website. To get a the latest print version please subscribe.
We have published books (River Voices, 2018, Women at War – In The Munitions, 2003; A Slap of the Hand – The History of Hereford Market 2007), booklets (Amazing How Times Change, 1992; The Shopkeeper’s Tale, 1996; The Schoolchildren’s Tale, 1997; Milk, Herefordshire; 2012), and magazines from Age To Age to a decade of In Our Age.
We have talked to people from all walks of life from munitioneers, housewives, farmers, railwaymen, domestics and butchers to shop keepers, cattle dealers, publicans and priests. Herefordshire Lore owes its existence to their memories.
Our thanks go to our many contributors and funders especially the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This is a bumper double issue, combining IOA 56 and 57 because of the Covid crisis, and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
We hear from shy errand boy Mike Potts at Wilson’s of King Street; retired librarian Peter Holliday on mobile books in the Black Mountains; and Dawn Smith’s industrious aunts, Alice and Emily Terry and their Wilton, Ross laundry service.
Marsha O’Mahony goes hopping; Keith James looks at the local press and Arthur Hughes recalls hard times at Ivy House Children’s Home. Italians POWs, the 1945 crash of a Wellington bomber at Moccas; Ashperton school girl Ann Stoakes’ memories and poet Angela Croft’s days at the Swan, Ross-on-Wye complete the picture along with Black Lives Matters’ Tommy Best, Sapper Tommy Faulkner, executed at Stavanger in 1942 and Clifford’s Nana Davies, a grand character remembered.
Herefordshire’s Home Front in the Second World War Book
This new book, published by Logaston Press and written by Bill Laws was launched at the Hereford Light Infantry Museum in May 2019.
With 176 pages this book offers a rich insight into all aspects of life in Herefordshire in wartime, through memories and photographs gathered by Herefordshire Lore, and with important new research into the county’s conscientious objectors by Dr Elinor Kelly.
Bill Laws is the author of twenty titles on subjects ranging from rural architecture and a social history of walking, to gardens and local history. He helped found Herefordshire Lore in 1989.
To order a copy of River Voices please send your name and address together with a cheque for £12.50 per book made out to Herefordshire Lore to :
Herefordshire Lore c/o Castle Pavilion, Castle Green, Hereford HR1 2NH
Listen to the ‘Weeping Poppies‘ audio stories
Herefordshire men and women relate their experiences of the First World War. The stories are based on original recordings made by the county reminiscence group, Herefordshire Lore and Herefordshire’s Home Front in the First World War by Bill Laws.
Read past issues of ‘Age to Age’ – Hereford Lore Reminiscence Newsletter on our new ‘Age to Age’ page.
‘Age to Age’ was published bi-monthly by Hereford Lore, before we became Herefordshire Lore, from 1993 to 2003 and was the fore runner of our quarterly magazine ‘In Our Age’.
There are all sorts of fascinating snippets of history and heritage including:
Alf Evans’s recollection from 1942, ‘Tragedy Strikes R.O.F.’ from 1942 published in Volume 1 Issue 6 in May 1994.
Why in 1957, when the Queen visited Herefordshire, a pig took centre stage in ‘Pig meets Queen’ by Betty Moore published in Volume 4 Issue 4 in July 1996.
Gladys Sweeney recalls memories of cleaning railway carriages in Barton Yard (now Sainsbury’s) during the war published in Volume 10 Issue 6 in December 2002.