Sargeants Bros bus in Weobley
Weobley shown within Herefordshire
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The name possibly derives from 'Wibba's Ley', a ley being a woodland glade and Wibba being a local Saxon landowner. In the Domesday Book the village name was transcribed as Wibelai. It is still pronounced as "Web-ley" (the spelling being similar to nearby Leominster which also does not pronounce the letter 'o' in its name).
It is known that brewing and glove-making were carried out in the village during the Saxon period.
The village has an historic church, the Church of St Peter and St Paul, with a Norman south doorway, a 13th-century chancel and 14th-century tower and a spire that is the second-tallest in the county; castle ruins; a high school (Weobley High School) and a primary school with a pioneering system of heating.
It was once incorporated as a borough, sending two Members of Parliament to the House of Commons until the Reform Act 1832, (see Weobley (UK Parliament constituency)) and once had a borough corporation.
In 2001 the artist Walenty Pytel completed a sculpture of a magpie for the village (a magpie is the village's emblem). The sculpture was commissioned after the village won the Calor Gas/Daily Telegraph Great Britain Village of the Year in 1999.
On 3 August 2016, the BBC's The One Show was broadcast entirely from Weobley.
Weobley is part of the electoral ward called Golden Cross and Weobley. The population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 2,985.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Weobley.|
- Official Website for Weobley, Herefordshire
- Photos of Weobley and surrounding area on geograph
- Remains of castle
- St Peter and St Paul church, Weobley