This evening, i am focusing on Ludlow Castle which is located to the west of Birmingham, close to the Welsh border.

Welcome to Ludlow Castle, England

Welcome to Ludlow Castle, England

Like many of its contemporaries, Ludlow Castle was built in the 11th century and served as a residence and power base through to the 17th century after which it was abandoned and fell into decay. In the interregnum building works witnessed many changes of style, from Norman to Medieval to Tudor. The castle is now in private hands with main role a visitor attraction.

View of Ludlow Castle

View of Ludlow Castle

Here is a summary history chronology:

  • Constructed late 11th century as a border stronghold of Roger De Lacy, a Marcher Lord.
  • Enlarged early 14th century by Richard, Duke of York.
  • Played a role in the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485).
  • Used as a Royal Palace by Edward IV (1442-1483).  Also a seat of Government for Wales and the Border Counties. The ‘Princes in the Tower’ (Prince of Wales and his brother) were sent to live at the castle. The two princes disappeared in 1483.
  • During the 16th century was destination of various royals:
    • Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon on honeymoon in 1501.
    • Mary Tudor, (Queen of England, between 1553 and 1558) spent three winters here from 1525-1528.
  • British Army regiment, the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, were founded at the castle in 1689.
  • Castle was abandoned fro  late 17th century and fell into decay.
  • Ruins purchased by 2nd Earl of Powis in 1811 in which family ownership remains.

    Welcoming party at Ludlow Castle

    Welcoming party at Ludlow Castle

Rare, surviving circular Nave of Chapel

Rare, surviving circular Nave of Chapel

Entrance to Inner Bailey at Ludlow Castle

Entrance to Inner Bailey at Ludlow Castle

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