Ledbury Park

New House, a Grade I listed sixteenth-century mansion, whose name changed to Ledbury Park in 1820, is considered the most important domestic building in Ledbury, belonging to Edward Skynner, a clothier, in around 1595. Edward and his wife Elizabeth are buried in the church, with their baby daughter, who was reputedly killed by the last wolf in the district.

In 1680 the estate passed to the Biddulph family, an influence in Ledbury into the twentieth century.

Unusually, for a grand mansion, the building is on the corner of busy streets. During the Civil War, Prince Rupert made New House his headquarters. In 1830, Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria) named an elm tree on the estate. The parkland is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In 1996, the buildings were converted into houses and apartments.

Civil War

Situated at strategic cross-roads, Ledbury saw action in the Civil War in 1645. The Parliamentary intention to fortify the town in 1644 was never implemented, so the encounter between Prince Rupert and Colonel Masey, the Parliamentary governor of Gloucester on 22 April 1645 was brief and less destructive.

Prince Maurice rested with his troops in April 1643 and on 12 February 1645, 60 of Scudamore’s royalists charged through the streets.


First English Civil War (1642–1646) began the series of three wars known as the English Civil War (or "Wars").

"The English Civil War" was a series of armed conflicts and political machinations that took place between Parliamentarians and Royalists from 1642 until 1651, and includes the Second English Civil War (1648–1649) and the Third English Civil War (1649–1651).