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Aymestrey

Yarpole is a small village and civil parish in rural North Herefordshire. The parish includes the hamlet of Bircher located northeast of the main village.

The church, St Leonards, chancel was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1864. The church has a seperate bell tower similar to pembridge. The main timbers of the bell tower have been dated to 1192, making it one of the oldest timber framed structures in England.

The village has some lovely old buildings and a pub of high regard. The church is a fine example and Croft Castle is just a short drive away.

Aymestrey has a rich history, which we know dates back at least to the Iron Ages, thanks to three surviving hill forts dotted around the parish. The village itself straddles the Watling Street Roman road and is likely to have been an important river crossing for the Romans. Long after the hill forts were first built, Buddicca’s supporters are said to have used the one at Croft Ambrey during their ultimately doomed attempt to overthrow the Romans. Aymestrey featured in the Domesday Book, when it was spelled Elmodestreu. Today, Aymestrey is a small hamlet with a collection of delightful black & white house, a riverside pub and 12th  century Parish church, extended mid 14th and late 14th rebuilt early 16th and restored 1884-6. It is a stones throw to Mortimer’s Cross battlefield and the Mortimer trail

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