Despite a wet start to the day (22nd October) the sun gave little glances our way as we started arrived at Eardisley on the motoring trail known as the Black and White Village Trail (because of its many timber-framed houses).
Eardisley is a village and civil parish in Herefordshire about 4½miles (7 km) south of Kington. Eardisley is in the Wye valley in the northwest of the county, close to the border with Wales.
The village has many timber-framed buildings along its high street. Recent dendrochronology dating work on timbers in these buildings has revealed that some parts date back to the 14th century.
The Church of England parish church is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene and is a 12th-century building.
The church is noted for its font, carved in about 1150. It is a Norman work of the Herefordshire School and bears some resemblance to the carvings at Kilpeck in south Herefordshire. It combines intricate Celtic knotwork patterns with dramatic scenes, including the Harrowing of Hell and two knights fighting. Harrowing, in this context, means harrying or raiding and refers to the story Christ’s descent into Hell to rescue all the righteous.
I am always fascinated by old doors and locks and bolts.
It's always worth looking at the memorials for some impressive old dates.
Not far from Eardisley is the Herefordshire Oak or, as it is known locally, the Great Oak or Eardisley Oak. A massive Pedunculate Oak it is said to be 600 to 800 years old.
Its girth at one metre off the ground is 9m 17cm (30ft 1in). Next to it was a Walnut tree - one of my favourite species.
The Oak is so noteworthy it has its own brown tourist direction sign.