A Lingering Look at Broad Street

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from ‘The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story. Visit her blog to see more windows and/or to join in with the challenge.

Broad Street  (header photo) in Ludlow is renowned for its Georgian façades with lovely Georgian sash windows lining both sides of this wide street leading from the Buttercross down to the only surviving gate in the town walls – Broad Street Gate – a narrow medieval  gate-passage.

From the north side you can see the Gothic crenellations and details probably by T F Pritchard, an architect from Shrewsbury, (better known for his involvement in the Iron bridge project.)

Broadgate from Broad Street
North Broadgate from Broad Street

(Note the multi-paned sash windows all have twelve panes: 3 x 4  in varying sizes except for the central window top right which for some reason has twenty four panes: 4 x 6)

Built in the 13th century the gate was an important entrance into the town from the  Ludford Bridge crossing. It is now partially encased by a large Georgian House.

South of the Broad Street Gate
South of the Broad Street Gate

(Note the lovely Regency gothic bay windows on the left of the gate)

From the south side you can see the Gate arch and twin round towers typical of Edwardian castle building. The west tower is hidden behind the house  added in 1824 -1829.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

16 thoughts on “A Lingering Look at Broad Street”

    1. Yes, it is strange to build a house around a medieval gate, but I imagine they have a great view from those windows! As are many of the houses in the old part of the town, part of this is for tourists – B&B and holiday lets abound in Ludlow.

  1. This window series is making me think all over again about windows generally. Our modern double-glazed, large paned efforts really pale by comparison with these classics. (Hard to clean though, but they had servants back then…)
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. I agree with Pete. The windows are the soul of the house and I love to go out and find special ones. There’re lots of them in Negland. Lovely job in this, Jude!
      Love, Dina

    2. I have to say that I am rather partial to Georgian sash windows though not with 24 panes to clean! I also like huge patio doors as long as they are not plastic framed as I like light in a house. A lot of light! But yes, most modern windows do put me off a house 😦

  2. Oh I love Georgian windows, and I love this gate too. Ludlow looks like a lovely place to visit. Great photos as always Jude 🙂 I’ve just put mine up…France again 😉

    1. It is a perfectly shaped yew tree Jenny, and in the 2 and 1/2 years I have been living here I have never seen anyone trimming it!

    1. Fortunately we have rather good window cleaners for that – although you do still have to clean inside 😦

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