Wednesday, 11 January 2017
A much-needed Day Out
On Monday, despite the less than desirable weather (it rained all morning!) we had a day out to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We set off for Ludlow, which is just over a two hour drive from here. Unfortunately, I'd not done my homework, and hadn't realized that the castle would be shut during the week - it only opens on Winter weekends. Ah well - I had to settle for taking a couple of photos through the fence, and one of those was distinctly wobbly (the 3rd).
The last time I had been to Ludlow castle was a few years ago when there was a Food Festival here. That had been very enjoyable and I would love to go again when it is on, but I fear my dearly beloved would NOT enjoy it as he is not a foodie in any sense of the word, and really only eats to keep drawing breath!!
Ludlow is a beautiful and very historical town. I am going to be a bit short on words tonight as I don't have time to get the research done to tell you about these buildings and do them justice, but hopefully I can find some extra descriptions to add tomorrow.
I love the little narrow Medieval streets, and there are some lovely shops to tempt you to part with some pennies. I think the only shops we spent money in were charity shops though! I bought his and hers jumpers (unworn ones, mine still had a label on) and a scarf, and in the Oxfam shop I found a lovely jug which matches the unused casserole dish of a pattern I drooled over in the 1990s - when we were skint and no way could I have afforded the £25 or so it cost in the shops. I had been looking to replace our currently very elderly gravy boat, and this is it. Not cheap - £8.99 in Oxfam - but it had my name on it. I will try and get a photo of both pieces tomorrow.
A view of one end of the market stalls set out in the marketplace.
Now some window-shopping . ..
Grommit, take a bow. Isn't he fun?!
I don't know how this lovely building got its name, but probably the blardy obvious one that it once sold fish!
The Parish Church of St Lawrence, which is lovely inside - we went in once before and took a pile of photos. I must try and find them. It soars above the town, when you see it from afar. This LINK will give you some idea of its magnificence and history. It dates from the 11th C and when Ludlow became very wealthy from the wool trade in the Medieval period, several extensions to St Laurence were carried out.
Self explanatory, but the wonderful carvings below were to the left and right of this blue plaque. I presume they are Sir Henry Sidney and his Mrs. He was related to just about everyone who it paid to be related to in late Tudor, and Elizabethan England and was, ahem, very well known in Ireland (and hated, I might add).
Tomorrow - Leominster . . .