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Upper Norton

Shropshire, England

Ludlow Castle, Shropshire

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 18, 2015
Ludlow castle in Shropshire
Ludlow castle in Shropshire

Ludlow Castle has long been considered one of the the most important medieval ruins of the area.

It was originally built as a border stronghold in the 11th century by one of the Marcher Lords and served to protect the Welsh border. The town of Ludllow itself sits within the protective curve of the River Teme and the Castle rises over it, sitting atop a hill.

The castle's incredible expansion took place during the 14th century for Roger Mortimer the 1st Earl of March, and it transformed into a magnificent palace. The castle marks an important period of England's history and was once a home to the young Prince Edward of Wales and his brother (later to become the 'Prices in the Tower' of London) and to Prince Arthur in the 16th century. The years that followed have seen the old castle fall to ruin, however a large amount still stands practically intact and the large, grand structure is still a great sight to behold.

Ludlow castle is said to be haunted by the ghost of Marion La Bruyere, who fell in love with an enemy knight and, having been betrayed by him, threw herself from a tower in the 12th century. If you visit the castle at dusk, keep your eyes peeled for her ghostly figure, as she is said to still walk the grounds on quiet nights. It isn't just inside the castle though, if you are walking nearby, keep watch for the ghost of Edward Dobson. He was a soldier based at Ludlow Castle in the 16th century and was murdered very close by. He has been reported to wander the streets where it happened.

Ludlow Castle is important to the inhabitants of Shropshire. Those who live in Ludlow are constantly graced with the presence of a whole selection of events hosted at the castle, from food festivals and Christmas Fayres to Shakespeare productions! Ludlow Food Festival usually takes place in September and The Shakespeare and Arts Festival is a summer event. You can check their events calendar here. If you wanted to visit the castle on a normal day it is open 7 days a week and usually from 10am to 4pm. Though it is best to check the website before setting off!

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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