Ledbury is a thriving market town in rural Herefordshire. The town sits in a valley underlain by soft red mudstones, surrounded by hills composed of much harder limestones and sandstones. This juxtaposition of different rocks is reflected in the stone built character of the town. The soft mudstone is not used as a building stone, although the sandstones and limestones are used in this way. In addition historically, Ledbury has had trade routes passing through, from early toll roads to a canal and finally a railway line. These routes may well have had an influence on the building stones found in the town.