Eardisley is a village in the
countyof Herefordshire, England.
Eardisley is close to the border between England and
Wales, in the Wye valley in the north west of the county.
The village is part of the '
Black and white villagetrail', having many timber framed buildings along its high street. Recent dendrochronologydating work on timbers in these buildings has revealed that some parts date back to the 14th century.
Eardisley is also well-known for its fine church font. A Norman font of the
Herefordshire School, carved with allegorical figures, it bears some resemblance to the carvings at Kilpeckin south Herefordshire. It is particularly notable for its combination of intricate Celtic knotworkpatterns with Norman figures, and remains used for baptisms.
Aside from its physical features, Eardisley has a healthy community. Village
pantomimes have entertained people from far and wide for many years, and regular flower festivals showcase the talents of florists, local artists, and the WI. A book "Eardisley Characters & Capers" was published in 2005. In it Brian Hales, who was born in the village in 1937, recounts his memories of some of the people he has known here over the years. Brian's memories include the American soldiers who had a camp in Eardisley during the Second World War, Kitty Darling and her goats and a great many motorcycles and cars.
* [http://www.kington.org.uk/site/Eardisley/index.asp Local website]
* [http://www.smr.herefordshire.gov.uk/castles/castlesdata_az/eardisley.htm Eardisley castle]
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/HEF/Eardisley/ GENUKI(tm) page]
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/search.php?i=3855197 Photos of Eardisley and surrounding area on geograph]
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