Every year, tourists come to the lively village of Eardisley following the 'Black and White Trail'. Here's a small part of the story that has shaped the village they see today.
At the time of Doomsday the name of the village was 'Herdeslege', meaning a manor containing a 'defended house' in the middle of a wood. The first record of an actual castle was in the 12th century; for 500 years, that castle was held by the Baskerville family who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066.
Eardisley began to thrive as a medieval rural settlement around the Castle and the Church (also 12th century). It was granted a market and fair in about 1225. The character and shape of the village were set in the l3th century when long narrow tenement plots were laid out at right angles to the road running north from the castle.
You can still see this pattern when you visit Eardisley.
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In the Church, you can pick up information about the oldest buildings to make your walk through the village a rich experience.