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Ludlow Castle & Church

Past Work

Client:- Shropshire Council

Project:-  Ludlow

A series of reconstructions showing Ludlow Castle in the 15th c

Cutaway view of the castle showing, The Norman Chapel, The Hall, Prince Arthor’s Room, The Kitchen & Barracks.

Ludlow Church during the construction of the Norman phase.

Finally, Bromfield showing the impact of a Roman fort on the existing Iron age settlements.

Ludlow Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the town of the same name in the English county of Shropshire, standing on a promontory overlooking the River Teme. The castle was probably founded by Walter de Lacy after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England.

Ludlow Church is one of the truly outstanding medieval town churches in England. St Laurence’s nickname ‘The Cathedral of the Marches’, reflects the importance of Ludlow in the turbulent Welsh Marches region, but also the impressive size and rich furnishings this 12th-century church.The Normans erected a church here as part of the planned building of Ludlow town, in the shadow of the great castle. That church was rebuilt around 1199, then again – and more profoundly – in the 15th century when the wealthy guilds of Ludlow merchants lavished their wealth on the church and erected great family tombs within the new edifice they created.

Bromfield Camp was discovered on 1948, almost the entire outline of this camp is recorded, only the south-west corner being unknown, but its position may be extrapolated from the surviving portions of the western and southern ramparts. The camp is an almost perfect rectangle with rounded corners. A gap in the centre of the eastern defences probably constitutes a gateway protected by a defensive titulum outwork; the opposite (western) defences have been destroyed by modern quarrying. A gap in the longer north side, off-set from centre towards the west by a ratio of 3:2, possibly marks another gateway, and if this is so, the camp was aligned towards the WSW. The crop-marks on the opposite (south) side are patchy, and no gate can be confirmed here.