Yardley Hastings

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Originally a tiny settlement in a forest clearing, at the time of William the Conqueror it was called Gerdelai, and in later records Jerdele.  The Hastings was added later, being the family name of the Earl of Pembroke who took possession of the village in the 13th Century.

This attractive low-lying village, on the eastern edge of the county is built around the stream, which runs through its centre.  The houses are mostly of stone, some thatched, but many roofed with red pan-tiles.

The most important buildings are the 11th Century church of St Andrew, which was much restored in the 18880ís, the adjacent Manor House, probably14th Century and the fine old rectory dated 1701.  There is also a very imposing Chapel of the United Reformed Church, said to be able to accommodate 600 people.

A tablet on the memorial Hall tells us that 33 men of the village made the supreme sacrifice during the 2 world wars.  A notable claim to fame was made, by one Len Smith in 1940, when he captured a German parachutist who landed in the vicinity.

Walkers needing refreshment will find several shops and 2 pubs the Red Lion on the main road or the Rose & Crown in the heart of the village.

 

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Bed & Breakfast: Maureen Brooks, Dar Cottage, The Square, NN7 1EX