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PeteWLaw wrote a review Sep 2019
Ludlow, United Kingdom1,790 contributions101 helpful votes
The Master's House was originally a timber framed Elizabehan House built for the Master of St Katherine's Hospital. The building was much extended in the 18th and 19th centuries and was restored and sympathetically converted into Leominster Library in 2012. It is open to the public during Library Hours. The main room as you enter is a fine Elizabethan Hall and nearby is another panelled room and a corridor with a display giving the history of the house. At the back the main part of the library is in what was originally the kitchen, where there is a brick cooking range (18th century?).…
Date of experience: August 2019
Response from Rob186302, Volunteer member of the Friends of the Master's House at The Master's House
Responded Sep 12, 2019
Thank you for your kind comments. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit. The building of course has become the library for Ledbury (restored and opened in March 2015) as well as housing the Poetry Festival and Age UK, a collection of the works of the ‘Dymock Poets’ and holds the archives belonging to the John Masefield Society. To clarify your query about the kitchen: although the original kitchen (built about 50 years after the Master’s House which was constructed in 1487) would have had a big, wide fireplace, the brick construction in existence is probably 19th Century and shows a bread oven and a large copper. It may well have had a cooking range but that must have been long since removed. Do come on one of the regular free monthly tours which are held on the first Wednesday each month at 10.00am (tickets available from the library) when you can be shown round ground and first floor.
pigz2trainz2 wrote a review Jul 2019
Cardiff, United Kingdom8 contributions7 helpful votes
To us, there was very little of interest, basically just one room. It is also the home of Ledbury's library.
Date of experience: July 2019
Response from Rob186302, volunteer guide at The Master's House
Responded Jul 10, 2019
Glad you got out of the rain but sorry to read that you found only one room. In fact most of the ground floor is open to the public and the library staff are always ready to help. As well as the main hall, there is the link (with computer access) and the Panelled room which was the Master's Study, and there is the main library along the corridor which was the kitchen for the Master's House. It is possible to borrow a tablet to give yourself a tour (you need to have identification and can take out a library card to do this). On the first Wednesday there are guided tours available - free tickets can be obtained from the library, and these tours take you round the ground floor and the first floor. It is also possible to book a group tour. Please visit our website for details themastershouseledbury.org
SergeLourie wrote a review May 2019
Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom2,792 contributions441 helpful votes
The Master's House is a delightful old building where the master of the hospital used to live. It is a delightful building and has been tastefully converted with Lottery and other funds into a public library as well as being a community hub and centre for the local voluntary sector. It is well worth a short visit.…
Date of experience: May 2019
Helen B wrote a review Mar 2019
Uxbridge, United Kingdom622 contributions152 helpful votes
The library is small but perfectly formed with a good selection of books and some public computers (these did seem to be hogged). The building is a lovely old one and it's worth popping in to take that in.
Date of experience: March 2019
Helena Alfonsi wrote a review Dec 2018
Trento, Italy2 contributions
A nice building and very useful information about local history, friendly service. Ledbury is fortunate to have a library.
Date of experience: December 2018