Walter de Lacy, a trusted member of the household of William fitzOsbern arrived in England with the conquering army of William in 1066.
FitzOsbern was rewarded for his loyal part in William’s victory with an Earldom over the lands of Hereford. After three years of local resistance, fitzOsbern was able to claim his Earldom and planned to keep his new acquisition secure by developing a string of castles along the border of England and Wales.
Walter’s sons, first Roger and then Hugh built the earliest surviving parts of the Castle that we can still see today, and the de Lacy family retained lordship until the end of the 13th century.
Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, Ludlow Castle was held by the Crown, except for a brief time during the Civil War and the Commonwealth.
It enjoyed great status as the centre of administration for the Marches shires and for Wales – court sessions and the Prince’s Council were held here. This led to massive refurbishment of the buildings and the castle became styled more in the way of an Elizabethan stately home.
The full renovation cost approximately £1m more than restoring Castle House to residential use and was completed in early June 2007.
This exciting and ambitious renovation has allowed the ground floor of Castle House, for the first time in its history, to be accessible to all and adds greatly to the facilities offered in the castle – which was always one of the main reasons for embarking on this project.
In this video Leon explains the links between Ludlow and its historic walls.
Guarded by both the rivers Teme and Corve, Ludlow Castle stands prominently on high ground, able to resist attack from would be invaders from over the Welsh border.
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Elder son of Henry Tudor, brother of Henry V111, Prince Arthur died at Ludlow Castle on April 2nd, 1502. He had been staying here with his new wife, Catherine of Aragon on honeymoon. Prince Arthur’s heart is buried at St Laurences Church, Ludlow.
Leon Bracelin is the Castle’s resident Archaeologist and he is here most weekends when he is not off on a dig elsewhere in Ludlow.
He has found many links to the Castle in houses in the surrounding area and its medieval walls and does regular talks in and around Ludlow venues.