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Farewell to the Farmers’ Club - another iconic Hereford name is closing down
AN historic club representing Hereford’s most famous trade has announced that it is the latest iconic name to leave the city centre.
Hereford Farmers’ Club, which will close next weekend, joins other institutions synonymous with the city that are – or are soon to be – no more.
Independent department store Chadds closed in 2008 while Rockfield began its closing down sale last week at a time when the site identified as the future for Hereford remains untouched.
Farmers’ Club chairman Ruth Deaville said the Widemarsh Street venue, which opened as a private members’ club in 1926, has seen a “dramatic drop” in the number of people using it.
“This is a very sad time for us and it was a painful decision to make,” she said.
The listed building dates back to the early 17th century and still maintains a
snooker room, skittle alley, function and meeting rooms.
It was once the gatehouse to the city complete with moat and drawbridge, and its distinctive exterior includes a pair of gargoyles and a host of flower-based symbols drawn on the second floor walls.
- See today's Hereford Times for more on work at the old livestock market.
- The Paul Rogers blog: Yet another iconic Hereford name leaves the city .