Ludlow is the place on the hill beside the loud river. It is a small and charming market town set in the leafy landscape of the Shropshire countryside near the Welsh border . The Clee Hills can be seen in the distance. The streets of the ancient town slope down towards the Rivers Teme and Corve. Ludlow Castle and the market place crown the hill.
Ludlow is famous for its half timbered buildings within date from Tudor times – there are nearly 500 listed buildings in the town, The Feathers Hotel is a fine Tudor example. The parish church of St Lawrence was built on the prosperity of the wool trade. It is the largest church in Shropshire.
Ludlow flourished as a medieval town with strategic importance close to the Welsh border. Work on the large and now spectaculalry ruined castle was started by Roger de Lacey in the second half of the eleventh century. It is a place of legend. Ludlow Castle housed the Council of Wales and the Marches and was the temporary home of several holders of the title Prince of Wales, including King Edward IV and Arthur Tudor. Arthur Tudor, the sickly elder brother of Henry VIII, died here in 1502. Arthur brought his wife Catherine of Aragon to the town. The ghost of Marion de la Bruyere, the betrayed lover of Walter de Lacey is still sometimes seen falling from the battlements screaming “Goodbye, Cruel World. In summer months the plays of Shakespeare are often acted out in the castle grounds.
The medieval town flourished as a wool town. Drover roads brought Welsh sheep inot town for the Thursday market. The house of one of greatest of the Ludlow wool merchants lies just outside the town. The lovely Stokesay Castle is well worth a visit.
Ludlow is a thriving small town in a prosperous agricultural region. It has an enviable reputation as a centre for good food and good eating houses. The market continues to be held on Thursdays. The town has its own brewery which produces real ale using local hops. The annual Ludlow Marches Festival of Food and Drink takes place in September. This three day event is known throughout Britain. Events. It centres on the market square and castle green and includes the famous Sausage trail in the town. Layer in the year, in November, the town hosts a Medieval Christmas Fayre.
Ludlow is a quiet, genteel place to visit. The streets are full of historic buildings. Ludlow Castle and Stokesay Castle are historic places to visit while enjoyed the fine food that is on offer.