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Welcome to The Wigmore Centre website.

It is with great regret that we have withdrawn our application for funding for this project.  This is due to circumstances that we could not control.  We would like to thank all those who have helped us over the years - we have certainly come a long way, learned a lot and met some wonderful people. This may be the last year that St James will be open to visitors, so do come and visit.  Thanks to an amazing team of volunteers the church will remain open 7 days a week from 10am to 4.30pm until 31st December, 2018.  This website will remain live until then too.

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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

Plans now submitted

We have finally submitted our plans to the Local Authority and you can see some of the design work and planning detail on the Herefordshire Planning Portal. Plans are also on view in the church along with a folder of some of the reports. All of the relevant historic, church and ecological bodies have been consulted and our ideas tuned to meet with their requirements and unfortunately cost constraints. We will be submitting our final proposals to the Heritage Lottery Fund at the beginning of February and will know whether or not we have been successful in June 2018. So keep your fingers crossed for us!

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Queen's Award

The Queen's Award for Volunteering presented to Wigmore Shop.

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Busy few weeks

Busy few weeks coming up ...

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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