Jun 03, 2013
Aug 10, 2013
A full day exploring (and shopping at the Sat market – wonderful array of boutique fresh, cured and cooked foods) in Ludlow. This small town is said to have more listed ancient and historical buildings for its size than anywhere else in England – including the castle ruins where Henry VIII's other brother (who should have been the next king) conveniently dies on honeymoon, leaving the kingdom and his new wife to his younger brother and causing history to become way more interesting than it might otherwise have been.... There are also the remains of the ancient city walls, largely used over the past few hundred years as something to build houses/pubs/business premises up against/on/in, so you have to look hard to find a lot of it – but there’s still large amounts in good repair, including one of the original town gates (which now make a narrow road tunnel, because of the rather nice home on top of the gateway!). Ludlow also has a wealth of beautiful old half-timbered buildings, with ornate carvings and one of the loveliest churches we’ve seen. So our first day in this part of the country is spent very happily wandering around.....