Hereford History Day 2023 Triumph

Herefordshire Lore were overwhelmed by the turnout and support by the people of Herefordshire, who made Hereford History Day such a success.

Thanks to everyone who came along, and especially the people who worked so hard to showcase the diverse and amazing history that we are so lucky to have around us.

Hereford History Day Procession

Civic Parade through Hereford City Centre to announce the start of Hereford History Day 2023

We estimate that up to a thousand visitors arrived at the Town Hall on Saturday 23rd for Hereford History Day 2023.  Organised by Herefordshire Lore, the event has been described as a “triumph”.

“Wonderful day, rich in heritage and community spirit. Great to see our Town Hall bursting with life and history too” – Nic Millington CEO The Rural Media Company

Officially opened with a civic procession through the city, with the Mayor and High Sheriff in attendance, the day got off to a great start. Eighteen stallholders from history and heritage organisations across the city reported huge interest, while crowds of people wanted to know if it would be happening again next year.

Guest speaker Nick Barratt from the BBC

Guest speaker Nick Barratt from ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ sponsored by Herefordshire Family History Society

Our guest speaker, Nick Barratt, from BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are programme received a rapturous welcome. The Elizabethan History Slam added some light-hearted drama over ownership of the Wye. The award of the Betty Webb Memorial Cup for Hereford’s Young Historian was warmly received and the winners a credit to their schools and parents.

Peter Mayne's Secret Post Office Museum

Herefordshire Lore’s Peter Mayne, with some items from his Secret Post Office Museum

Joseph Brown winner of the Betty Webb Memorial Trophy for Young History

Joseph Brown winner of the Betty Webb Memorial Cup for Hereford’s Young Historian

Hereford History Day was organised by Herefordshire Lore with support and funding from Hereford City Council, Herefordshire’s Family History Society, Wye Valley Brewery and Jackson Property.

It was a hugely successful day, pulled off by a team of volunteers.

Young People from Close House who helped lefleting during the parade through Hereford Town Centre

Young People from Close House who helped leafleting during the parade through Hereford Town Centre

Civic Parade outside Hereford Town Hall

The Mayor’s Officer, John Marshall (front first row) with Mayor Cllr Jacqui Carwardine (second row second from left), Junior Mayor Zuzanna Zarebska (second row third right)  together with the High Sheriff of Herefordshire Robert Robinson (second row far right).

Hereford History Day

Hereford History Day

Hereford History Day 2023

Photographs: © Christopher Preece 2023

Read more about was offered at Hereford History Day 2023

Watch Herefordshire Lore’s ‘Hereford History Day Slideshow’ with photos from our archive of ‘Made in Hereford’ produced by our Christopher Preece:

See the photographs from Hereford History Day 2023:

Thanks to our sponsors for Hereford History Day 2023:

Hereford History Day Sponsors


Betty Webb BEM

Obituary Betty Webb BEM, committee member

We are very sad announce the death of our much-loved, and long-standing committee member, Betty Webb, who died last month. She will be greatly missed by us all.

London-born Betty was a reluctant evacuee. Having lost her Mum in a wartime bus accident in which she was also badly injured, the 16-year-old was sent to Hereford where her brother was with the RAF. He found her digs at 11 Hopton Road and the Labour Exchange found her shop work. “But the shop only paid £1/7s a week and the digs cost 6d more.” Betty went back to the Exchange who found her war-work at Barronia Metals. “They paid £3 a week!”

The mother of six girls, Betty was a firm believer in women’s rights: “In the old days you were dependent on a man. For everything. And that was awful.”

Betty had a worked on the fruit and veg stall in the Butter Market for over 20 years. She was presented with the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Jubilee Awards which acknowledged her many years as a volunteer with the British Heart Foundation. Betty was a testament, at her great age, to fortitude, survival, and lack of self-pity. She will be greatly missed.

In Our Age News

Hot Off The Press

The latest issue of our quarterly magazine ‘In Our Age’ is hot off the press.

We have sent a copy to all current subscribers and have a limited number that will be distributed around Herefordshire.

If you want to secure a copy, please subscribe now and ask for Issue 65 to be included.

The digital version will be available in about 12 months time to non subscribers.

In Issue 65 Autumn 2022

Our cover photo is of Esme Fosbery with friends posing in Union Street in Hereford, with another photo inside of her when she worked at British Wheel Studs in Rockfield Road in the 1960s.

There are the memories of David Price from Brilley of being taught at the Hereford Technical College by Mr Thomas Hodgkinson in the 1950s.

Keith James remembers savings with the Post Office Savings bank.

There’s a story about Geoff Godsell who after escaping the clutches of the U Boats during his days in the Merchant Navy used to work in the hop fields of Herefordshire.

There’s also an interview with Ray Morris, Shropshire’s last remaining hop grower.

We caught up with Michael Jones at 70 who went missing from a farm in Peterchurch when he was 3 years old in 1951.

‘Jalopy’ isn’t a word that is heard much these days! However, our final story is of the formation Pontrilas and District Jalopy Club in 1959.

Lastly, we would like to congratulate Herefordshire Lore committee member Betty Webb who had been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Jubilee Awards for her work volunteering with the British Heart Foundation. Within IOA 65 there’s a potted history of her amazing life from growing up in Islington to moving to Hereford during WW2.



‘Local Connections Fund’ supporting Herefordshire Lore

A huge “Thank You” to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, for help from their Local Connections Fund.

It has helped us produce our latest edition of In Our Age. With our usual distribution channels disrupted because of the pandemic, this funding has been invaluable in making sure In Our Age still goes out across the county.

Pride of place: Social housing in Herefordshire

Pride of place: Social housing in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Lore is delighted to announce its successful funding bid, ‘Pride of Place’, with Connexus Housing’s Community Fund.

Herefordshire Lore has been recording and publishing local social history in the county since the 1980s. Its archive is regularly consulted by researchers and other history projects, and its publications have appeared at Hay Festival.

Connexus is a community focused rural housing group with over 10,500 homes across Shropshire and Herefordshire and the county’s biggest provider of social housing. Herefordshire Lore is looking forward to partnering with the team at Connexus and its residents – past and current – in recording their voices. A special celebratory pull-out edition of our quarterly journal, In Our Age, will be released in the summer featuring their stories.

If you have a story you would like to include please get in touch with us through our contact page.


Praise from Hereford City Council

“We are delighted to help this fantastic organisation continue distributing the ‘In Our Age’ magazine, which gives so many of our residents an insight into Hereford and local history.

The magazine shines a light on all kinds of interesting, forgotten or informative aspects of our County’s history, put together by a group of dedicated enthusiasts. Keep up the amazing work!”

Hereford City Council on Facebook


Festive Good Cheer!

Thank you to all those lovely people who bought books – and In Our Age subscriptions – from our stall in Hereford High Town on Saturday December 5th. We were overwhelmed with festive good cheer! All monies raised go towards helping us continue our work recording Herefordshire’s living history. If you were unable to make the market and want to purchase one of our books or take out a subscription to In Our Age, get in touch and we can organise that for you. Thank you again. From all at Herefordshire Lore.


Funding for Herefordshire Lore

Heritage Lottery Fund

Herefordshire Lore is delighted to receive £3000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thank you to all National Lottery players. These funds will help us continue our important work as oral historians in Herefordshire, recording first-hand accounts, and produce our quarterly journal, In Our Age.

Huge thanks to the Community Development Grants Committee at Hereford City Council for supporting our work by granting us £900. We are so happy this will help us to continue to distribute our journal, In Our Age, across the city. It’s great that our local Council recognises the importance of our work. Thank you to all.