Old Ledbury - Cabbage Lane, Worcester Road, Ledbury

Cabbage Lane, Worcester Road, Ledbury

Cabbage Lane, Worcester Road, Ledbury

History
 
The road leading from the Worcester Road into the churchyard was called cabbage lane, and at the bottom of the lane was a brick arch over the brook, which was very deep at this spot. I have heard that it was given that name because it was " cabbaged ", The Lane has also gone by the name " Capuchin Lane ", the time came when more burying ground was required, and at different periods the brook was arched over and interments took place in it.
 
To the south of the Church is a long and narrow walled-in path known as Cabbage (Capuchin) Lane. This was formerly paved with cobblestones, which though uncomfortable to modern footwear, were more artistic than the present bricked path. The iron gateway at the entrance to this was formerly duplicated from the wall to a turnpike house which then stood here, so that perambulators ( which were elsewhere forbidden by a signboard to be wheeled anywhere but on the high road ) could not be pushed on the raised footpath beyond.
 
Date?
[Worcester Road towards the Church]
Cabbage Lane Tiled and Cobbled
 
Lovely photo. I wonder if the path still looks like that now? Mum often talks about the lane as her dad rang the bells at the church, then took the kids up the conigree wood and then came back to ring the bells at the end of the service...JE
 
What a beautiful picture, I remember it well...
 
Is the path the same or is it tarmac now?...JE
 
Worn tarmac with the tiles showing through, and weeds down the sides...RB
 
I bet lol, when I was a child it was kept tidy...BS
 
Best we get a team together and get those weeds sorted!!!...JE
 
Lovely...LL
 
Cabbage Lane...not looking so good these days...MB
 
It would be lovely to get it restored back to the original tiles and cobbles!!!...
 
Haunted...EB
 
Wow ! looks amazing ! I used to live in one of the ex police houses so know it v well - there was (and still is) a handy pole stuck in the wall at the end of the Police Station car park that we used to climb onto, into Cabbage Lane -we always wondered if the police used it too but never saw any of them climbing over !!!...KB
 
I also used to live there, but it was a police house at the time. We used to climb over the wall from the churchyard into the station yard as a short cut. I wouldn't be surprised if it was haunted, though I never saw anything. Apparently there's a tunnel going from the Cloisters ( where Sue LLILLEY used to live - and where monks used to live a long time ago ) to the church...PW
 
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7th September 2014
[Worcester Road towards the Church][Worcester Road towards the Church]
Cabbage Lane Today with Tiles showing through
 
ACTION - 11th September 2014. Attended Local Council Meeting - Cabbage Lane the responsibilty of Herefordshire Council. Ledbury Town Council to request the lane be stripped back to tiles or cobbles. Will update page when we get any news.
 
Sources
Old Ledbury by an Octogenarian 1825 - 1905 George WARGENT
1958 Guide to Ledbury
Photographs are credited to the owners
Comments are from members of the Old Ledbury Facebook Group

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