The Romantic Ruin of Ludlow Castle

Something about the romantic Ludlow Castle ruin, in Shropshire England stirred my blood the moment that I saw it. I had to know who founded it, what romantic events took place there, whether there was a ghost, and how it ended up in such tumble down condition. I was not disappointed, stones have memories, and they do tell tales.

Romantic Ludlow Castle Ruin: Ludlow Castle Interior
An Interior View: Photo Gary Bembridge / CC BY 2.0

The Romantic Ludlow Castle Ruin

Romantic Ludlow Castle Ruin: Visitors to Ludlow Castle
Visitors to Ludlow Castle: Photo on Flickr by calflier001 / CC BY-SA 2.0

An Interior View of Ludlow Castle

Walter de Lacy, a French nobleman who landed with William the Conqueror in 1066 built Ludlow as England’s first stone castle, but died nineteen years later after he fell from scaffolding. The original structure was probably a round stone keep, into which he could retreat with soldiers after herding his livestock into the ground floor. It may have looked something like this, although the round building did end its life as a chapel.

Romantic Ludlow Castle Ruin: Round Tower Ludlow Castle Shropshire England
Round Tower: Photo on Flickr by Andrew and Annemarie / CC BY-SA 2.0

Round Tower in Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle fell, and was retaken many times down the centuries, due to its strategic position on a promontory overlooking the River Teme. This rises in Mid Wales south of Newtown and Powys, and flows through Knighton with its fine hotels across the border into England. There would have been an ancient ford here, over which a conquering army could invade.

Romantic Ludlow Castle Ruin: River Teme and Ludlow Castle Shropshire England
River Teme and Castle from Dinham Bridge: Photo on Flickr by Ed Webster / CC BY 2.0

Ludlow Castle Overlooking River Teme

By 1704 England was at peace with Wales, and the romantic Ludlow castle ruin was tumbling into decay. There were several attempts to reinstate the buildings without success, and it moulders on as one of England’s finest castle sites receiving over 100,000 visitors a year. I believe it has a resident ghost that may be visible at dusk. It is said to be a heartbroken lady who flung herself from the central tower after her lover betrayed her to the enemy.

The Romantic Ludlow Castle Ruin: Mortimer's Tower at Ludlow Castle Shropshire England
Mortimer’s Tower at Ludlow Castle: Photo Jonathan Thacker / CC BY-SA 2.0

About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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