Ludlow: A medieval town in the Marches & its food festival Sept 28, 2019 17:47:36 GMT
Post by lugg on Sept 28, 2019 17:47:36 GMT
I went to a food festival a couple of weeks ago in Ludlow, which is a lovely medieval town just over the border in Shropshire (about 20 miles from Hereford city)
Here are a few photos of Ludlow town centre,
The town centre stands on top of a hill, probably because it expanded around the site of the castle and then spread out and down. Ludlow is a planned town but not in the modern day sense – it was planned by the Norman De Lacy family. At one time it was a fortified town and some remnants can still be seen today. It has a wealth of listed buildings including some fantastic Elizabethan/ Jacobean buildings. Economic stagnation at the end of the 1800s meant that it escaped the demolition and re building that took place in other towns. The medieval layout is still pretty much intact. To give you an idea about its size – the population is about 11,000 currently.
The Buttercross built in 1746 in the classical style, it was originally the site of the High Cross, which was the official centre of the town and would have been where in medieval times people gathered to buy / sell/ exchange butter, milk , eggs etc.
There was a market in the square that leads to the castle entrance.
Next time I need a frilly pinny I will come here
Opportunities to snap some reflections in this Airstream. The building reflected in the Airstream is the Castle Lodge which is a much altered medieval stone house with late 16th Century/early 17th Century timber framed upper storey; dates from the early 13th century, rebuilt in 1580. In Tudor times it was the home of Elizabeth I's Master of Requests and was once used as a prison. It is reputedly haunted by Catherine of Aragon Later it was the lodging of the Porter of the Castle and home of leading officials of Council of the Marches. In more recent times around the time of the Berlin Airlift it was bought by the Suez Canal Company as a bolt-hole just in case their Paris HQ was taken by the Russians. Nowadays it is open to the public and has Grade 1 listed building status.
This cannon indicates we are getting close to the castle entrance
Ludlow’s food festival is now in its 25th year and is held in the grounds of the ruined castle. The castle is one of a string of castles that were built in The Marches. Building of the castle probably started around 1086, with many later additions.
More history can be found here ;