The Black and White House in Hereford for Thursday doors

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature that lets door lovers from around the world share pictures of the doors they have found and tell the stories behind them. For my entry this week I am taking you to Hereford, a small market town on the River Wye on the border between England and Wales.

The area has rich farmland and is famous for  the large brown and white hereford beef cattle and the cider orchards that surround the town.  It is not suprising that the black and white Jacobean house which stands alone in the centre of the High Town was once a butcher’s shop. The timber framed house with lattice windows was built in 1621. 

The black and white house guarded by a bronze life size statue of a hereford bull.

As this model shows it once formed part of a rank of shops.

A model of the terrace of shops in side the black and white house
Model of the original rank of shops

It finished its commercial life as a bank of Lloyds bank. When they moved out  LLoyds generously gave it to the city and it has been open to the public as a museum since 1929. It has been furnished in period style with dark oak furniture. It has a particularly fine colection of contemporary wall paintings. When we  visited they had added a few extra touches for Halloween.

A table laid for a Halloween feast.
The spider and pumpkins have been added for halloween
two paper skeletons have been placed in the bed.
The people in the bed are showing their age!
Lets leave by the side door

Author: Anne Fraser

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

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