Aymestrey ( /ˈmstr/ AYM-stree) is a village and civil parish in north-western Herefordshire, England. The population of this civil parish, including the hamlet of Yatton, at the 2011 Census was 351.[1]

St John the Baptist and St Alkmund's Church, Aymestrey - geograph.org.uk - 635376.jpg
St John the Baptist and St Alkmund's Church, Aymestrey
Aymestrey is located in Herefordshire
Location within Herefordshire
Population351 (2011 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLeominster
Postcode districtHR6
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°17′N 2°50′W / 52.283°N 2.833°W / 52.283; -2.833


It is located on the A4110 road, about 7 miles north-west of Leominster and 8 miles south-west of the historic market town of Ludlow, in south Shropshire. The village is on the River Lugg.

Amenities and historyEdit

Aymestrey is home to several homes and cottages,[2] the church dedicated to St John the Baptist and St Alkmund,[3][4] a village hall[5] and a pub or Inn: The Riverside Inn,[6] situated next to River Lugg[7] just off the main road.

The Mortimer Trail[8] waymarked recreational walk passes through the village.

The skull and other bones from the Aymestrey burial, at Leominster Museum

In 1987, the Aymestrey burial, an Early Bronze Age, beaker cist, was discovered during gravel working.[9] It has since been recreated at Leominster Museum.

In fictionEdit

Aymestrey is featured in the supernatural crime novel Foxglove Summer by Ben Aaronovitch, where it is described as being "less a village than a diorama of the last six hundred years of English vernacular architecture stretched along either side of the road.”


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/219784 geograph.org.uk
  3. ^ An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Herefordshire, Volume 3 (North West), pp 9-15, HMSO, 1934, http://www.british-history.ac.uk/rchme/heref/vol3
  4. ^ https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/635376 geograph.org.uk
  5. ^ https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/219796 geograph.org.uk
  6. ^ https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/219810 geograph.org.uk
  7. ^ https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/219775 geograph.org.uk
  8. ^ https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/71159 geograph.org.uk
  9. ^ "Herefordshire Through Time - Monument Detail". Herefordshire County Council. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.

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Coordinates: 52°17′N 2°50′W / 52.283°N 2.833°W / 52.283; -2.833