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St Laurence’s Church Ludlow

Posted on by Barbara

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It is fair to say that Ludlow is one of the prettiest towns in Shropshire. Making it a great backdrop for photographs, and it always makes a great day out. Whether you want to get some retail therapy by browsing its smart independent shops – many of which are in charm-filled medieval buildings – or enjoying a meal out in its renowned cafes and restaurants, or taking in one of its famous festivals, You can always expect to enjoy yourself thoroughly.
Of course Ludlow Castle is without doubt this market town’s greatest landmark, and greatly deserves a visit. It is a beautiful structure to simply walk round ad enjoy, while its history is simple fascinating.
The castle can be traced back to the 11th century, around the time of the Norman Conquest. According to www.ludlowcastle.com Walter De Lacy, a trusted member of the household of William FitzOsbern arrived in England with the conquering army of William in 1066. FitszOsbern was rewarded for his loyal part in Williams’s victory with an Earldom over lands in 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.
Thus, Walter de Lacy, FitzOsbern’s second in command seems to have acquired the lands of South Shropshire – and from there, he appears to be linked with the earliest developments around Ludlow Castle. Walter’s sons, the first roger and then hugh, built the earliest surviving parts of the castle, and the de Lacy family retained lordship until the end of the 13th century.