Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Ludlow Town

Ludlow was a planned town with a grid pattern. It grew up at a crossing of the river Teme on the border with Wales, with a Norman castle (see my previous entry) and the magnificent church of St. Laurence; the largest parish church in Shropshire.

From the tower of the church you can trace much of the original plan of the town, as you look westwards over the Butter Cross to the castle in the distance

and then southwards down Broad Street to the one remaining mediaeval town gate (with an 18th century building on top of it), beyond which is the bridge over the Teme.

North of the church is Corve Street, running up to a crossing of the river Corve, which joins the Teme just north of the castle.

Apart from the castle and the church, the most famous sight in Ludlow is the Feathers hotel by the Bull Ring at the top of Corve Street.

It was built in 1603, and contains some very fine plasterwork and carved oak panels. This one is the royal coat of arms from the time of King William III.

It's also an excellent hotel, by the way!

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