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Welcome to The Wigmore Centre website.

The project behind this website really is making history. You can find all the information you need about the Centre and how it is progressing here but, like a photograph of a great view, it can never be as good as the real thing. So enjoy exploring this website but be sure to visit the real place too – the church and castle are open every day and entry is free. Please do sign the visitors’ book.

Read more about The Project

Heritage

It is maybe worth defining the difference between heritage and history: heritage refers to all that we inherit and history is the story of the people and places that made us who we are.

This website just scratches the surface of the wealth of information that will be available in The Wigmore Centre.

Our history and heritage go back into Celtic times and there is evidence that the surviving Saxon /Norman church was built on a much earlier site.  Even the Romans had a presence here and part of Watling Street, a Saxon track and Roman road, runs by the village.  The village was founded as a borough in the 11th century, developing around a crossroads below the castle. Both castle and church were developed by successive Mortimers who came over with William the Conqueror and made Wigmore their home and power base. Wigmore was a prosperous market town in medieval England and declined after the Mortimer Family moved its administrative centre to Ludlow.

The Civil War (1642 – 1651) resulted in the destruction of the castle.

After that, time continued to do its work on the castle and the church until the Victorians took the church in hand, not too firmly, though.  And now it is our turn.

News & Events

Medieval tiles

Fragments of medieval tiles.

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Mortimer History Society Castle Tour

MHS Spring Conference on Saturday May 13 and Castle Tour on Sunday May 14.

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Interesting stuff!

We've had a team of excavators and an archaeologist on site this week investigating the Victorian hypocaust system and checking the bedrock and foundations around the church.

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Wigmore Centre – Living History

The Wigmore Centre CIC has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to commence the development phase of the transformation of St James’ Church into an Interpretive, Heritage and Community Centre.

©The Wigmore Centre CIC 2017