Jump to content


Photo

Herefordshire


  • Please log in to reply
28 replies to this topic

#1 tplatt

tplatt

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 260 posts
  • Location:Yachtie Land, Cornwall
  • About Me:Antiques, interior design, music

Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:54 PM

Have just returned from spending a few days away in Shropshire and Herefordshire, staying on the edge of Hereford. Hereford is terrible - a bit like Reading only much worse. Police everywhere and drunken youths littering the streets.

We visited Ludlow, but couldn't find anywhere to park (there is a massive parking problem there), so gave up and decided to return the following day (Sunday), when it was still difficult to find a parking space. A very pretty little town, but I have been told it floods. On driving about, I noticed that Herefordshire is absolutely empty. There are only a few houses dotted about, like hamlets and there don't appear to be any proper villages. One thing I noticed is that there are tons of pubs, like every couple of miles and they appear to be in a sparse area. How on earth do they survive? I know that Herefordshire has a serious flooding problem and I am guessing this is why there is not much in the way of houses or people living there.

Can anyone tell me the areas of Herefordshire that don't flood as I know there is a flood plain, but not sure where exactly that is. Apart from Ludlow, are there any other areas of Shropshire that flood?

#2 hilltop

hilltop

    HPC Veteran

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,797 posts
  • Location:welsh mountain

Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:31 PM

Hereford is a shock. It was quite sweet forty years ago, but things change. Gloucester is worse though

In Shropshire the Severn valley floods and Shrewsbury has problems particularly. The nicest place is Clun. I do not think that will flood.

Ludlow has been spoiled by its own success since foodies took it over

Plenty of nice places down the border, but no jobs.

#3 RandomBear

RandomBear

    HPC Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 634 posts

Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:08 PM

We visited Ludlow, but couldn't find anywhere to park (there is a massive parking problem there), so gave up and decided to return the following day (Sunday), when it was still difficult to find a parking space. A very pretty little town, but I have been told it floods. On driving about, I noticed that Herefordshire is absolutely empty. There are only a few houses dotted about, like hamlets and there don't appear to be any proper villages. One thing I noticed is that there are tons of pubs, like every couple of miles and they appear to be in a sparse area. How on earth do they survive? I know that Herefordshire has a serious flooding problem and I am guessing this is why there is not much in the way of houses or people living there.


I cycled through on Sunday or was it Monday. We went from Church Stretton which was very nice down through Ludlow and Hereford down to Monmouth. Monmouth was ok. Hereford was pretty appalling as you say.

It's funny what you say about pubs - are you sure they were open? We went past lots of closed up ones but very few that were actually open and active outside of the major towns - we actually struggled to find anywhere for lunch on the Saturday North of Church Stretton and had to cycle an extra 15 miles for lunch!!!

#4 River Man

River Man

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 114 posts

Posted 03 September 2009 - 02:32 PM

. There are only a few houses dotted about, like hamlets and there don't appear to be any proper villages.


Ledbury and Bromyard are the best places in Herefordshire. Both very pretty, relaxed, very different from your experience of grotty old Hereford. Both high up on the edges of the Malverns and therefore very unlikely to flood! IF you want rural, try the Golden Valley or further north around Kington.

My favourite area is actually the so-called 'woolhope dome' between Ross and Ledbury - an area of quite high, hilly ground with the Wye running through. Stunning scenery, some good pubs, and loads of orchards and hop fields.

On the east side, nearer the midlands, there are more villages. The further you go towards Wales the emptier it gets.

The most attractive place in Shropshire isn't Shrewsbury or Ludlow, it's Bridgnorth. I bet the low town floods though. Not sure about the high town.

Edited by River Man, 03 September 2009 - 02:33 PM.


#5 buckers

buckers

    HPC Veteran

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,984 posts
  • Location:Hereford
  • About Me:Too many for my income !!! Still quite interested in girls, even after all these years.

Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:03 AM

There are more pubs than drinkers around here - most pubs are shut down or being staffed by 'zombie' landlords who work the pub for a pubco until they can get a change-of-use and build on the site.

You'd be mad to buy a house in Herefordshire even after checking floodsites - the prices were pushed up a few years ago by retiring incomers from Surrey and are now sliding back towards local wage levels.

The best thing about Herefordshire is the total lack of people - (lack of) jobs and transport links should hopefully keep it that way for a while.

Buckers
ps - where did you stay in Hereford and what parts did you visit?

Edited by buckers, 07 September 2009 - 11:06 AM.

IO, IO, it's off to work they go.....

#6 tplatt

tplatt

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 260 posts
  • Location:Yachtie Land, Cornwall
  • About Me:Antiques, interior design, music

Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:26 PM

There are more pubs than drinkers around here - most pubs are shut down or being staffed by 'zombie' landlords who work the pub for a pubco until they can get a change-of-use and build on the site.

You'd be mad to buy a house in Herefordshire even after checking floodsites - the prices were pushed up a few years ago by retiring incomers from Surrey and are now sliding back towards local wage levels.

The best thing about Herefordshire is the total lack of people - (lack of) jobs and transport links should hopefully keep it that way for a while.

Buckers
ps - where did you stay in Hereford and what parts did you visit?

Hi Buckers, sorry to slag off your home town. When we arrived at about 11.30 at night, the town was swaming with police and we got stopped by them for supposedly going through a red light. I think they were just filling in time while they waited for the pubs to empty. Luckily, he just gave us a quick pep and let us go. We stayed at the Premier Inn just outside the town, which was alright, but, sadly, the local pub was a Beefeater and so the menu was pretty basic and cheap and there were drinks promotions! Sadly, due to this, the clientele was a bit chavy. I have never seen so many baby buggies in one place! Luckily, by 8pm most had left.

We visited Leominster, which we thought was quite a nice little town, Ledbury, Ludlow, Bromyard. I notice a lot of places begin with 'L'. Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire are all very close to each other and we did at various times drive out of one county into another. I think we went into Gloucestershire also at some point. After a while you get a bit confused as to what county you are in. We had one of the best Sunday Roasts ever at a pub called the Trumpet, just outside Ledbury. The landlords were very friendly and we thought it was a very professionally run establishment.

We had thought about moving there, but, as you say, it is very remote and so quiet, but the properties are nice and affordable and we looked to see if we could spot the white water lines from the floods of recent times. I would like a bit of piece and quiet, after all, you expect that in the countryside, unlike the hectic connurbation of Cornwall, which is what it has now become. Every Tom, Dick and Harry wants to live here! Not sure why, there is not a lot of work, very sad wages, the poorest county, too many bungalows and ridiculously overpriced property. I could go on. We have a great village pub, but we could do with some more decent pubs. Most of them are either empty or dives.

Edited by tplatt, 07 September 2009 - 12:44 PM.


#7 buckers

buckers

    HPC Veteran

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,984 posts
  • Location:Hereford
  • About Me:Too many for my income !!! Still quite interested in girls, even after all these years.

Posted 07 September 2009 - 12:56 PM

I'm not offended - I'm actually an incomer from Surrey (5 years ago) so your views are interesting.

I moved here specifically for the rural location and peace plus quality of schools. I rarely venture into Hereford, it may be a 'City' but it feels more like a market town that just happens to have an important Cathedral. The shops are mostly chain types - like most centres around the country. The 'poundsaver' end of town is looking very sad and boarded up at the moment.

Leominster has some charm, not least because it has free parking (pet peeve of mine) and some independant shops. Most villages to the North of Hereford are pleasant and there are some excellent pubs - with darts and pool teams and even shooting leagues (in a pub !)

It sounds like you stayed at the Starting Gate? It's at the top of a long commercial road with empty units and the usual B&Q, Halfords, Dreamland, etc.

Buckers

Hi Buckers, sorry to slag off your home town.


IO, IO, it's off to work they go.....

#8 tplatt

tplatt

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 260 posts
  • Location:Yachtie Land, Cornwall
  • About Me:Antiques, interior design, music

Posted 07 September 2009 - 02:31 PM

I'm not offended - I'm actually an incomer from Surrey (5 years ago) so your views are interesting.

I moved here specifically for the rural location and peace plus quality of schools. I rarely venture into Hereford, it may be a 'City' but it feels more like a market town that just happens to have an important Cathedral. The shops are mostly chain types - like most centres around the country. The 'poundsaver' end of town is looking very sad and boarded up at the moment.

Leominster has some charm, not least because it has free parking (pet peeve of mine) and some independant shops. Most villages to the North of Hereford are pleasant and there are some excellent pubs - with darts and pool teams and even shooting leagues (in a pub !)

It sounds like you stayed at the Starting Gate? It's at the top of a long commercial road with empty units and the usual B&Q, Halfords, Dreamland, etc.

Buckers

Yes, we stayed there, but only for use as a base as we had the car. Premier Inns are always consistent and you know what to expect.

I am sure there must be an old bit to Hereford, but we didn't see it and yes, it is very generic. Truro has a cathedral, but it was only built at the beginning of the 1900s, so it is not very old and it is deteriorating rapidly because it was built of bath stone, which corrodes in the Cornish climate. Truro is very generic - full of Costa Coffee-type places and phone shops. The old Woolworths is currently a Pound Shop, which has an annoying set of speakers standing out in the street, blasting out the latest offers! We have some good restaurants, which have opened up in the last few years, but the town lacks any atmosphere and most places are empty. The majority of the population stays in Weatherspoons all night as they only have £5 to spend. The car parks are complete rip offs (alot of tourists complain). I notice when you go up country a lot of the small towns have free parking. This would never ever happen in Cornwall as this is a good revenuefor the local council along with rip off council tax. In fact, everything is a rip off. Don't visit Cornwall unless you have plenty of money to throw about.

Edited by tplatt, 07 September 2009 - 02:36 PM.


#9 kuntama

kuntama

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Location:anywhere

Posted 07 September 2009 - 09:10 PM

Yep.
Hereford sure does feel like a complete dead end!
Thinking of relocating there for quality of life etc etc.
But, when I couldn't even get a signal for my landline phone, I called it quits.
Having said that, I slept a lot.... as there was no noise pollution. I could definitely retire here as everyone else looks as if they're just waiting to die.

#10 tplatt

tplatt

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 260 posts
  • Location:Yachtie Land, Cornwall
  • About Me:Antiques, interior design, music

Posted 09 September 2009 - 04:36 PM

Yep.
Hereford sure does feel like a complete dead end!
Thinking of relocating there for quality of life etc etc.
But, when I couldn't even get a signal for my landline phone, I called it quits.
Having said that, I slept a lot.... as there was no noise pollution. I could definitely retire here as everyone else looks as if they're just waiting to die.

What time did you visit? Are you sure you are in the right town?

#11 kuntama

kuntama

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Location:anywhere

Posted 23 September 2010 - 09:13 AM

What time did you visit? Are you sure you are in the right town?


I was in Bartestree, midweek.
Due to go back there for a conference this week.
Nice village/outskirt of Hereford, but God, is it dead. Going running is a death hazard as there are no pavements. Whenever I cut through fields, I was convinced a farmer would try and shoot me. Cars race around those lanes like death's a chasing. Don't blame them, I'd try and drive through Hereford and it's surrounds as quickly as possible.
I'm sorry if I sound insulting- please take it all with a pinch of salt.
I live in the south-east and apart from stimulating activities such as the cinema, theatre, community events, community sports (apart from fishing and golf), myriad of ethnic restaurants, there isn't much going for it. <_<
Actually, Hereford town centre isn't too bad. It has the most beautiful cathedral, a lovely cathedral park, a large swimming pool at the community centre.
It really could do with one of the generic leisure centres, though: esporta, fitness first etc. The one it does have (Holmers Park?) is cosy. What the??? who wants cosy when they're working out?

#12 Timbuk3

Timbuk3

    HPC Poster

  • New Members
  • PipPip
  • 37 posts

Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:42 AM

I agree that the city is looking very run down and could do with some inward investment. Plans to redevelop the cattle market have been proposed but is meeting local opposition. There is no university of hereford to bring in new life, but there are some very good schools up to A level standard.
On the plus side prices are dropping like a stone around here, local paper is full of houses marked as 'new price' or 'new to market' expect -10% by next spring at least.

#13 kuntama

kuntama

    HPC Poster

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 56 posts
  • Location:anywhere

Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:50 PM

[http://www.rightmove...y-22821604.html

Oh Dear!! This one started at 725,000 last year!! It's on mouseprice.

#14 Second Time Around

Second Time Around

    HPC Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 431 posts
  • Location:west midlands

Posted 31 December 2010 - 12:22 PM

I agree that the city is looking very run down and could do with some inward investment. Plans to redevelop the cattle market have been proposed but is meeting local opposition. There is no university of hereford to bring in new life, but there are some very good schools up to A level standard.
On the plus side prices are dropping like a stone around here, local paper is full of houses marked as 'new price' or 'new to market' expect -10% by next spring at least.



Thanks for your comments. I have no intention of buying for a few years yet, but I have been keeping an eye on properties this area. I came across this property last week which I think has fantastic potential and seemed reasonably priced. Within a couple of days it was "under offer" which suggests it was the attractive price, but I am not sure - any comments from people acquainted with the area would be welcome.
http://www.findaprop...t=0&pid=6934813

#15 yokel

yokel

    HPC Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 645 posts
  • Location:Herefordshire

Posted 17 January 2011 - 04:20 PM

Wormelow looks an OK sort of place but to most people it is the place you drive through on between Hereford and Monmouth- houses are quite scattered and the shop is a `Happy shopper' type of small convenience store - a good one but it might be vulnerable like lots of village shops.

If you wanted to be lord of the manor, it wouldn't be much of a manor.

Its probably under offer from a developer with, shall we say, good relationships with county planners. Notice also that some of the flats are occupied or tenanted.

Local schools - good village primaries not far away, Steiner school in next village is popular with a certain type of parent, Kingstone High is very good and I think you or your buyers/tenants would be in that catchment. There is a private school bus goes through the village to the Haberdashers' boys and girls schools in Monmouth.


I suppose to give advice we yokels would need to know if you want to live here and sit on a gate chewing straw, or do it up as a business.


Y




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users