Ledbury has been on my ‘to do’ list for as long as I can remember. When my partner and I decided to visit some relations in Wales I took the opportunity to detour via this lovely market town. Needless to say, on arrival, my first stop was the high street. I couldn’t wait to visit the Ledbury lifestyle shops.

Monkleys Furniture in Ledbury, Herefordshire
Monkleys Furniture in Ledbury, Herefordshire

My first stop was Monkley’s furniture and gift shop. Positioned at the bottom end of the ‘high street’ it stocks the most gorgeous ceramics and children’s toys. They also make handcrafted kitchens and restore antique furniture in their Felton Workshop. Before wending my way I made a small purchase and picked up a Visitor’s Guide to Ledbury.

Butler & Sweatman sandwich board

Just across the road I found Butler & Sweatman, a grand double fronted emporium.

Butler & Sweatman lifestyle store
Butler & Sweatman lifestyle store

Stockists of Alessi, Emma Bridgewater, and London of L’Artisan Parfumeur they claim to have ‘something for someone who has everything’. They also offer a home styling and sourcing service for a single room right through to a whole house. (That sounds like my sort of shop!)

Hus & Hem Ledbury
Hus & Hem Ledbury

If your taste is more contemporary then look no further than Hus & Hem. Purveyors of Scandinavian Design their shelves are stocked full of colourful fun things. Whilst the ground floor was very much dedicated to gifts and accessories venturing upstairs I discovered a selection of ultra trendy soft furnishings.

Spira Face Cushion Covers in Hus & Hem
Spira Face Cushion Covers in Hus & Hem

You’ll find Hus & Hem tucked away at the far end of The Design Quarter.

Tinsmiths' store in Ledbury Herefordshire
Tinsmiths’ store in Ledbury Herefordshire

Sadly, the very shop that I had come to Ledbury to visit was closed. The window blinds were down and the front door locked. I’m not entirely sure why Tinsmiths wasn’t open for business; asking a local shop owner I was told that they hadn’t reopened since the end of the last ‘lockdown’. I clearly missed the boat.

With the exploration of Ledbury’s finest lifestyle stores complete we meandered back to the car park taking in the local architecture.

The Master's house, Ledbury
The Master’s House, Ledbury
Timber framed house in Ledbury
Timber framed building in Ledbury

External Links

Many of the shops I visited have an online presence. Follow these links for more information:

Monkleys Furniture Butler & Sweatman Hus & Hem Tinsmiths

📸Carolyn Hayter
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