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Welcome to the Yarpole Parish website - get information on events, facilities within the Parish, social groups, Yarpole Community Shop, The Bell at Yarpole, volunteering opportunities, the Parish Council, the PCC and more.
Gallery Café - Tasty Tuesday, 12th March, ring 01568 780594 to book
Walking the Pyrenees, an illustrated talk by Jake Evans - Sunday, 17th March, 3pm. St Leonard's Church, Yarpole.
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Welcome to Yarpole, nestling in rolling countryside in North Herefordshire, mid way between the market towns of Ludlow and Leominster.
Yarpole is a parish of approximately 700 people and comprises the villages of Yarpole, Bircher and Lucton and the communities on Bircher Common and Bicton. The Parish of Yarpole is unusual in that there are two working parish churches. St Leonard's situated in the village of Yarpole and St Michael and All Angels Church situated next to Croft Castle, a National Trust property. Many visitors assume that the church is managed by the National Trust as it is part of a visit to the estate. The National Trust does not contribute to the running costs of St Michael and All Angels church.
Photos form the Living History archive. See them all here.
Traditionally farming was the major employer in the Parish. Farming in Herefordshire remains a combination of agriculture and livestock; a mixture of sheep and cattle. Hereford cattle, which have fallen out of fashion due to their slower maturity, originated in the county. These cattle are experiencing a resurgence due to the quality of the meat they produce. The milk used by Cadbury's for its chocolate comes from the county and is processed in the factory south of Leominster.
There has been a community recorded here for over 2000 years. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The Anglo-Saxon meaning of Yarpole (Iarpol or Yarpol) is fish pool or dam for containing fish. The original fish pool has long since been abandoned, the remains of the dam wall are still visible.
Yarpole still retains its red telephone kiosk, its pub, The Bell at Yarpole and has an award winning community run village shop and Post Office operating from within the Parish Church, St Leonard's. The first full time shop in a church.
Mobile 'phones don't work here!