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.
For the first time since it fell into ruin the much photographed Norman Chapel inside the Inner Bailey is to be repaired and re-roofed by Shropshire building company Phillips & Curry who specialise in Building Conservation, conversion and intervention. They have traditional values and workmanship with a thoroughly modern approach.
“This is a very exciting project and we have worked closely with experts from Historic England for the past 3 years to get the project off the ground” stated Jack Tavernor, representative of the owner, the Earl of Powis. “The roof is constructed in oak using traditional methods. There are no existing drawings or photos for reference but our Architect Mike Garner from Garner Southall in Llandrindod Wells has researched roof structures of the time and he and Historic England are confident that it will be in keeping”.
The roof has been built off-site and will be transported to the Castle in kit form for fabrication once the crenellations have been rebuilt. The stone and mortar to be used has been agreed by Heritage England and was chosen to match a panel of post 16th Century blocking on the Chapel so as to distinguish later work from original; a mix of stone from 2 local quarries was selected; a green buff stone from Garstone Farm Weobley and a red buff stone from Weston Hill Bredwardine.
The work is to protect the fabric of the Chapel and increase its longevity for future generations to enjoy. It will also provide an all-weather wedding venue.
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.
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.
The 11th Century Norman Chapel is one of the oldest, most complete in Europe?
It is also having a new roof!! Work will be completed February 2019