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Telling the story of the Masters House in Ledbury

Herefordshire Council is encouraging residents to have their say about how the story of the Masters House in Ledbury should be told. 

Residents are invited to a community consultation morning on Tuesday 3 July outside the Market House in Ledbury from 9am to 2pm.

Herefordshire Council has been awarded a stage one pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop plans for the restoration, and to tell the story of the Masters House, which forms part of the medieval St Katherine’s Hospital site in the centre of Ledbury.

Once restored the building will be used for a range of community services including a community library, Herefordshire Council customer services and the registrar’s service. It will also become home to Ledbury Voluntary Action and the Victoria County History Trust.

The Friends of the Masters House and PLB Consulting (heritage consultants working on the bid) will be available to discuss possible themes and stories that might be told about the Masters House and the wider St Katherine’s Hospital site via a range of interpretation methods. This may include information boards, guided tours, heritage open days, family history sessions and the development of education packs for school visits. 

Andy Tector, Herefordshire Council, said: “This is a very exciting project and we’d like to encourage people to come and look at the ideas that have developed so far and tell us what they think. “

“The team will be available from 9am outside the Market Hall in Ledbury until 2pm. There will also be an opportunity to have a look inside the Masters House. The building has now been stripped out and the medieval timber frame is exposed for the first time in hundreds of years.”