I can’t help lingering over windows, especially when they come in the form of a delightful Regency era Palm House. (The Regency era is the period between 1811 and 1820 when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent. In 1820 the Prince Regent became George IV)
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.)
(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.
(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.
This is my introduction to Ludlow, which was where I lived from 2011 to 2016. The name Ludlow comes from ‘lud’ the loud waters and ‘low’ a tumulus. If you were to ‘Google’ Ludlow you would find that it is the largest town in south Shropshire and has over 500 listed buildings. You may also discover that it is known as one of the best ‘foodie’ towns in the UK with regular open-air markets, local produce markets and both a Spring and Autumn food festival lasting over the weekend
Ludlow has been described as the “perfect English town”. It is situated on the River Teme in the southernmost part of Shropshire, on the Welsh Marches. It has a medieval street pattern and many ancient buildings including a castle and a magnificent parish church as well as streets lined with medieval and Georgian properties.
” The secret of Ludlow resides in the fact that, like York, it was once a seat of government in Tudor and Stewart England. A sense of its own identity and importance has never quite left it. That accounts for its strength of character and the lingering sense of authority. This is a town which, although the tide of history has receded from it, still manages to preside magisterially over the countryside one glimpses at the end of every street. ” – Sir Roy Strong
The natural starting point for a stroll around the town would be the Castle Square where the market is held several days a week and on the second or fourth Thursday of the month when the local produce market is held you can load up with local cheeses, meats, real ales from micro-breweries, bottles of home-made chutneys and preserves, soaps and even fresh herbs if you so desire. It is a traditional open-air market with 20-30 stalls selling produce from within a 30 mile radius of Ludlow.
From here you can visit the castle. It is a ruin, but quite an interesting one, and it dominates the skyline from the river side of the town. It has a combination of architecture from Norman, Medieval and Tudor times. Parts date from the 11th century when built by Walter de Lacy. It was enlarged by Roger Mortimer in the 14th century and has been in the hands of the Earls of Powis since 1811. The castle was a seat of government for Wales for a time and it was involved in the Wars of the Roses with a major battle taking place at Ludford Bridge. Often events are held in the castle such as the Christmas Medieval Fayre (late November) and the Ludlow Festival held in the summer which features an open-air production of Shakespeare. Continue reading Daily Prompt: Local Flavour