Photographer's Note

I continue showing B&W photos from my journey to England in 1966. I started in the county of Derbyshire and then moved to Shropshire in the western Midlands, bordering to Wales.

I had seen photos of several towns and castles in Shropshire and wanted to see them with my own eyes. From a catalogue of farmhouses offering bed and breakfast I had selected a place in a small village called Munslow. I needed two free rides, four bus journeys and some walking to reach my new destination, which turned out to be the home of a very friendly family living in a house they claimed was built in about the 14th or 15th century.

(The house was so lopsided that I had to walk uphill from my bed to the sink. I was convinced it was very old.)

Today's photos were taken in a picturesque town called Ludlow, which I visited the day after my arrival in Shropshire. Ludlow is a medieval market town, founded in the late 11th century, and has a wonderfully well maintained central area which to me looked almost like a large open air museum. This town with a population of only about 11.000 has nearly 500 "listed" buildings (legally protected from being demolished, extended or altered without special permission from the local planning authority). There is also a magnificent ruined castle built during the decades after the Norman conquest of England.

In my diary I described Ludlow as "very nice, with beautiful old buildings everywhere and a pleasant atmosphere".

I spent the day exploring the town and the castle, including a close inspection of the two most famous pubs, both of them hundreds of years old.

The main photo shows the southern entrance to Ludlow. In the background you see the tower of St. Laurence's parish church, belonging to the Church of England. It was founded in the late 11th century and rebuilt in 1199. Using the coordinates 52.36385 -2.71726 on the Google maps you will reach this spot.

This time, just for once, you can also just click at Map: view in the box to the right.

Here is a larger version.

One WS was taken closer to the same church, another one shows an ordinary corner somewhere in the center of the town.

Strangely enough there were before today only 20 photos on TE from Ludlow, and more than half of them were taken during a TE meeting in 2012.

I liked Ludlow so much that I will remain there for at least two more uploads.

All photos were scanned from Kodak Plus-X negatives.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11956 W: 567 N: 22856] (98772)
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