The Master's House

The Master's House, Ledbury: Hours, Address, The Master's House Reviews: 4.5/5

The Master's House
4.5
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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The Master's House warmly welcomes visitors throughout the year, offering a programme of heritage, cultural and community activities for all ages. Other services available in the building include Herefordshire Council Library and Customer Services, Ledbury Poetry Festival, John Masefield Society Archive and AgeUK.
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Stlo01
Crowthorne, UK205 contributions
Couples
This must be one of the most impressive libraries in the uk. Walk inside and you can’t be other than amazed. The restoration story and standard of work is amazing.
Written March 23, 2018
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jezzaontour
Hereford, UK13 contributions
Solo
Make time to visit this extraordinary refurbished, revived house and read about its history. Quite something both historically and to enjoy the craftsmanship. Not always open at useful weekend times but see if you can catch a talk/tour, well worth it
Written April 12, 2018
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AudRoy0
Lake Oswego, OR100 contributions
Couples
During our stay in Ledbury we were recommended to visit the Masters House. This is a medieval house of an important man that has been preserved, refurbished and cherished. We had heard that the original building was in case with a later outer red brick covering so you step from a red brick building into the original wooden building with exposed inner walls. It now operates as a library but has many interesting exhibits relating to the history of the building including graphic pictures of the restoration work done. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written September 18, 2017
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pauln690
Bewdley, UK175 contributions
Couples
It is so difficult to describe the ancient and modern side by side.It really does need you to visit. The craftsmanship of the restoration/renovation is superb made more interesting with having the names of the said craftsmen and women preserved on little pennants.
Written August 11, 2017
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Jackie T
Dymock, UK86 contributions
Family
Going to your local library has never been such a sensory experience. This is a truly amazing place. To choose your books in the ambience of a medieval hall is magical. The information panels and the John Masefield display are really interesting and bring the place alive.
Written May 21, 2016
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK666 contributions
The Master's house was originally linked to the Grammar school but today hold a library and is a centre for community events. The timber all has been recently restored.
Written May 30, 2022
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PeteWLaw
Ludlow, UK1,783 contributions
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?).
Written September 10, 2019
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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.
Written September 12, 2019
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pigz2trainz2
Cardiff, UK9 contributions
Couples
To us, there was very little of interest, basically just one room. It is also the home of Ledbury's library.
Written July 2, 2019
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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
Written July 10, 2019
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Alexander L
Richmond-upon-Thames, UK2,804 contributions
Friends
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.
Written May 29, 2019
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Helen B
Uxbridge, UK669 contributions
Couples
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.
Written March 22, 2019
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The Master's House is open:
  • Mon - Mon 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Tue - Tue 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Fri 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM