I have the privilege of many fond childhood memories of visiting many National Trust locations and English Heritage sites. As a young boy, nothing made me more excited than when – on a warm English summers day – my parents would take my brothers and me to some ruin in the middle of the countryside. When you’re seven or eight, imaginations run wild visiting these romantic locations – and Ludlow Castle is no exception.
Founded in 1066, and located in the heart of Shropshire, Ludlow Castle is a mesmerising structure bursting with history. This 1000-year wonder is simply a must-see for any; not just for its history, but also its picturesque beauty, which makes the already stunning Shropshire countryside that bit more striking, especially standing fifty feet high on the ruins of a medieval tower.
Steeped in history, Ludlow castle originated in 1066 following Willian the Conquer’s ascension to the English throne. From there, Ludlow has understandably been intertwined with the English monarchy over the years.
Indeed, in 1501, Prince Arthur celebrated his marriage to Catherine of Aragon at Ludlow and soon died there the following year.
Moreover, Ludlow also played an important role during the English Civil War. Serving has a stronghold for the Royalists, Ludlow fell to the Parliamentarians during a siege in April 1646, led by William Brereton and Colonel John Birch.
Additionally, during World War Two, Ludlow’s magnificent tower served as a lookout post for US forces, and the grounds were used for games of baseball, while the house itself was requisitioned by the RAF to house key personnel.
These are just but a few examples of the rich history surrounding Ludlow castle.
As a small boy, and now as a young man, I still love the place and have the best memories from visiting such an awe-inspiring area. Indeed, Shropshire itself is a beautiful area of the country to visit in its own right, yet flashes of golden English autumnal sunshine sinking behind the majestic towers at Ludlow Castle is something more people should witness.
Photo by Dan Mountain.