Food and Drink Festival will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th September in 2013
Each day has its own list of lovely things to do and see. From cook book authors giving talks to Window Dressing Competitions, Winning Food Photography , Cider pressing display, Chef Contests, Tastings, Demonstrations, Sausage Trail, Pudding Tastings, Waiters Race. etc etc.
St. Peter's is not a real old Church.
The style is neo-Byzantine and plain Romanesque, not a style I saw much of in England.
The foundation stone of the church was laid by Bishop Ambrose Moriarty and blessed on the 9th May 1935.
Ludlow Castle is part of the network of castles constructed along the Welsh-English border following the Norman conquest of 1066. Walter de Lacy, who served under William the Conqueror, was granted control over this region. To keep it secure, he began construction of this network of castles, starting around the early 12th century. The earliest known record of Ludlow Castle dates back to 1138.
The castle stands on high ground overlooking the Rivers Teme and Corve. To the visitor, this provides some fine views of the Marches. During the Dark Ages, this was a natural defensive strongpoint--exactly the kind of place where towns began to spring up.
The castle has an illustrious history. In the 15th century, the young princes Edward and Richard, potential heirs to the throne, were murdered in the Tower of London; the crime has generally been blamed on King Richard III. The two boys had spent most of their childhood together at Ludlow Castle.
King Henry VIII's brother, Prince Arthur, and his wife Catharine of Aragon lived here for a few years. After Arthur's death here, his widow became Henry VIII's first Queen. Later, her daughter Mary also spent a few years at the Castle. She later became Queen Mary I.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the castle was the administrative center for the Marches and parts of Wales. It underwent considerable modification at that time. During the Civil War, it was captured by the Parliamentarians.
It is now the property of the Earl of Powis and the Trustees of the Powis Castle Estate. In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II visited here--the first royal visit in centuries.
Of course, certains parts are said to be haunted. In any case, this historic castle is not to be missed.
The church is again centrally located in Ludlow. We found it via a narrow street in the center of Ludlow.
It is a majestic building. It was mostly re-built in the mid-15th century but does have some earlier features
The tower of St. Laurence's is renown as having one of the finest group of 8 bells in the country
Ludlow ghost walks friday nights at 8pm from the buttercross
I went along to the walk the week before last and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it! I really liked how they brought the stories to life and loved the characters they had created...the 'Dr' and Mr Beltaine - such a suave yet sinister duo!
I was forced to calm my nerves (ahem) with a couple of ciders before going back to my hotel that evening...even then, I couldn't stop thinking about people buried alive, bloodsoaked lovers and tortured souls hanging on the 'limb tree'...Brrrrrrrrrrrr
Anyway...fabulous acting (and indeed, fabulous outfits!).
I'm planning to come back to Shropshire to celebrate my birthday with a bunch of friends and thought it would be fun to throw in a ghost walk to scare them silly.
i can recommend the event to others as these people work hard at giving us a brill night out
Another site that while it is close to Ludlow is actually in Herefordshire.
This country house was built in the late 18th century and landscaped by Capability Brown.
Although the house is quite plain on the exterior the interior is sumptous by contrast.
The house is run by the National Trust and there is a shop and cafe on site.
The price of admission for an adult is £7.50 as at March 2010 but check the website for latest prices and opening times.
A few miles south of Ludlow and over the county border in Herefordshire is Croft Castle.
Not really a fortified building (although originally there was a Norman motte and bailey here) the castle we see today is a country estate run by the National Trust.
The Croft family have lived here for 1,000 years and the history of the family and the house is varied and interesting. The interior is all oak panelling and family portraits (including a fine example by Thomas Gainsborough).
There is a church adjacent to the castle that has served the Croft family since the 13th century and has a fine altar.
You can walk around the grounds and woodlands.
As with all National Trust properties there is a shop that sells local produce as well as souvenirs and there is also a tea shop and toilet facilities.
Admission for adults as at March 2010 is £7.50 for the house and grounds or £4.20 grounds only. Check the website for up to the minute prices.
When you exit Croft Castle head for the village of Yarpole about a mile or two away and the Norman bell tower that is one of the oldest wooden structures in Britain dating back to the 10th century.
Ludlow's Spring Festival takes place in the grounds of Ludlow Castle.
Taste over 130 real ales on draught from small breweries in Wales and the Marches, and eat good local sausages and bread.
The Marches Transport Festival, a display of classic cars and other vehicles also takes place in and around the Castle on the Sunday. There will also be stalls featuring top quality food and drink from small producers up and down the Marches and the Welsh border country. These products that have been produced on a small scale by people who really care about food.
ie rare breed pork sausages from Richards Castle; traditional french breads from Clee Hill; Organic smoked foods from The Organic Smokehouse: Hog roast from Spitroast Solutions...
m m'm'm'm'm. I cant wait.
2010 OPENING TIMES:
Friday 7th May - Meet the Brewer Preview night - 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Saturday 8th May - 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Sunday 9th May - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
The Ludlow Food Centre is a the Harrods Food Hall of Shropshire, with knobs on.
They are part of the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakly Park Estate, which has 8000 acres of Shropshire countryside where all their beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork comes from, along with a selection of game and vegetables. Their ice creams and sorbets are made using local fruits and cream from their dairy.
At least 50% of the products on sale are made on the premises. They have a bakery, a deli, a butchers, vegetable stand, a dairy that uses milk from their own Friesian-Holstein cows, and locally made beers and wines.
In the jams and pickles department the Thai Pear Pickle, Medium Cut Seville Marmalade and Celebration Jams have all won awards.
Also on the same site is their Conservatory Barn Cafe and the Post Office. Saturday & Sunday are the busiest days of the week
Ludlow Food Centre Opening times
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Sun 10:30 - 16:30
Conservatory Barn Cafe
Mon - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Sun 10:30 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
Ludlow Castle is one of the most interesting castles in the Marches. It is a partly ruined, non-inhabited castle which dominates the town of Ludlow in Shropshire. It is open to the public.
The building of the castle began around 1085, with many later additions in the following centuries and it looms over the town and River Teme. It features examples of architecture from the Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods.
As well as being open to the public throughout the year, it is the centre for several festivals and other events that take place locally.
Ludlow Festival for the open-air production of Shakespearean play for three weeks in June and July, Ludlow Food and Drink Festival in September, Ludlow Craft Festival in late May, and the Marches Festival of Transport in early May
Open from 10am every day, except Christmas Day and January weekdays. Adults 4.50 Children 6 years and older 2.50, Students & Seniors 4.00
I love this ancient town with its spired church. In 1999 St Laurence's was one of only 18 churches given a FIVE STAR rating by Simon Jenkins in England's Thousand Best Churches.
Every time I am in Ludlow I go and gaze at the beautiful stained glass. It has some of the most magnificent medieval stained glass windows in the country. Stained glass reached its height in the Middle Ages when it became a a way to teach an almost illiterate population about the Bible.
Ludlow came into existence about 1100, and the church must have been built soon after. Between 1433 and 1470 rebuilding took place (when the wool trade was at its height), the chancel was extended, the nave pillars and clerestory built, the whole church heightened and the tower, with its staircase, (which visitors can climb for a small fee), was completed.
In the North aisle in one of the decorated windows is the Royal Coat of Arms (1628). All around the walls are the piscina alcoves, a reminder that in the Middle Ages the aisles were divided by screens into small chapels, each with its own altar. There are also elaborate misericords with vignettes of medieval life - a mermaid, a drinking party, the highway robbery etc.
In the 18th century the nave was filled with box pews and galleries, sadly removed during the Victorian restoration.
Open Summer: 10am - 5.30pm. Winter: 11am - 4pm
Stokesay Castle is a wonderful place to visit to get an understanding of what an old fortified manor house was like. If you've been to castles, this may seem smaller and less fortified. That's true. But the buildings and grounds are quite fascinating, especially if you use the audio guide, which is provided for free.
The old manor house dates back to the 13th century, and later modifications haven't taken away the ancient feel of the place. The great sized fireplaces, wood timbered ceilings, stone stairways and tile floors all go back centuries.
The timbered gatehouse that you pass through to reach the grounds (2nd picture) and the adjacent parish church are also part of the grounds here. The grand gatehouse was built in 1640, just before the Civil War arrived here and brought the castle's only military encounter (they surrendered).
They also have a tearoom and a gift shop.
Ludlow has many fine examples of the "black & white" buildings that this area is known for. Along with the fabulous Feathers Hotel, there are several notable buildings located throughout Ludlow's streets. Some of these date back to the 15th century, such as the corner shop where Broad meets King Street. The western gable has a fine crown post roof and interesting dragon beams that overhang from the upper stories.
This is one of England's Greater Churches and is a notable part of Ludlow's skyline. Parts of the church date back to 1199, but the soaring chancel and nave were rebuilt in the early 1400s, when the town was very prosperous. In the chancel is an interesting series of carved wood misericords and bench-ends that depict medieval life and times.
To get a good view of Ludlow Castle and the town, drive across the river and take Whitcliffe Road to the overlook. There is a small area to stop and park the car, and some easy footpaths leading to benches to sit on. From here you can see the castle, church tower and surrounding countryside.
You can take the old bridge at Dinham, or leave town to the south on B4361.