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The Woolhope Club

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... has its headquarters in the Woolhope Room in Hereford City Library. The library building (whose future is at the moment under discussion) is itself worthy of a second and even a third look. It was built by James Rankin and opened in 1874, and is a worthy representative of its age. The squirrels (below) are just two of the many stone animals which can be found on the front facing the Cathedral

Members have access to the unique Woolhope Club Library in Hereford. The library houses an extensive collection of books by renowned local experts.

Other carvings represent animals from around the world, signs of the Zodiac and flowers throughout the year.

The county has some of most interesting geological history of any in the country.

Symonds Yat (left) on the River Wye, is one of our renowned geological sites, with many interesting features from the Devonian and Carboniferous.

The Old Red Sandstone hills of the Olchon Valley (right) on the edge of Wales, provide the nearest thing to mountain scenery in the county.

In Winter there are monthly lectures covering a vast range of interesting subjects.

The county has a strong farming tradition; there are still many houses and farm buildings constructed with the local sandstone, with limestone used for poorer buildings. Oak grows well here, and was used extensively for the timber framing for 'black and white' buildings.

The Natural History Section holds monthly field meetings in the Summer.

Early members' interest in fungi led to the formation of the British Mycological Society.

Autumn Crocus - Colchicum Autumnali

The Archaeological Research Section holds monthly meetings visiting sites such as castle mounds, deserted villages, churches and industrial relics.

Their publication, 'Herefordshire Field Names' won a national award in 1994.

Situated in the Welsh Marches, the county
has seen some turbulent times. The student of castles has no shortage of material.

How to Join: Send £13.00 single membership, £15.00 joint membership to Mr I Porter, Greening's Acre, Little Birch, Herefordshire HR2 8BD Tel 01981 540388. Subscriptions to the Main Club and the Sections are due on 1st Jan by cheque or banker's order.

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