Ware Museum

Welcome to Ware Museum

The Story of Ware

Ware Museum tells the story of life in Ware from the Mesolithic to the present day.

Although there has been a settlement here since c6,000 BC, the earliest name recorded for Ware is the Saxon word Waras – meaning weirs. The Domesday Book shows that Ware was a prosperous town, overshadowing its nearest neighbour – Hertford.

Prehistoric Ware

Iron-Age hunting dog

During the Iron-Age, British hunting dogs were smaller and more agile than those used on the Continent. As a result, they were a very popular export during that period, as well as during the Roman occupation.

Medieval Ware

Reconstruction of the Friary

The Franciscan Friary was a central part of Ware for 200 years, with the Poor Friars caring for the local community, rather than excluding themselves from society. When the Alien Benedictine Priory across the road was closed down, the Friars expanded their buildings and developed the Guest House. When Henry VIII dissolved the religious houses, the Friary became a private house. Following a varied career, it is now known as The Priory and houses the Ware Town Council offices.

Ware and World War II

Home Guard instruction booklet

The Bunker was the original World War II Command Centre, used to co-ordinate local defences and respond to Air-raids. There was somebody permanently on duty, as emergencies could arise at any time.

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