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Ludlow and Croft castle. 22/07/2015

This was Gails choice of days out and we set of to the Historic Town of Ludlow in the county of Shropshire some 2 hours away, so a long day out. After a very nice breakfast in Aragons of Church Street we had a good look around. The town is full of old Timber frame buildings some dating back 500 years or more and with loads of old inns and restaurants it would make for a nice weekend away. Parking only costs £2 for the day and the trip to Ludlow is well worth the long drive down and we spent a few hours there before setting of to Croft castle a National Trust house 9 miles away.
Ludlow is a market town in Shropshire, England, located 28 miles (45 km) south of Shrewsbury and 23 miles (37 km) north of Hereford via the mainA49 road, which bypasses the town. With a population of approximately 11,000 Ludlow is the largest town in south Shropshire. The town is significant in the history of the Welsh Marches and neighbouring Wales.
The town is situated at the confluence of the
River Corve with the River Teme. The oldest part is the medieval walled town, founded in the late 11th century after the Norman conquest of England. It is centred on a small hill which lies on the eastern bank of a bend of the River Teme. Atop this hill is the site of Ludlow Castle and the parish church, St Laurence's, the largest in the county.[1] From there the streets slope downward to the River Teme, and northward toward the River Corve. The town is in a sheltered spot beneath Mortimer Forest and the Clee Hills, which are clearly visible from the town.[2]
Ludlow has nearly 500
listed buildings.[3] They include some fine examples of medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered buildings including the Feathers Hotel. The town was described by Sir John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England".[4]

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Croft castle Church

Croft castle & Church.
The castle is located in the county of Herefordshire with grounds of 1,500 acres of woodland , parkland and farmland. Its a national trust house now but once belonged to the Croft Family with ties going back to this house and a previous one that was built on the site to the 11th Century. The House was one of the best NT properties we have visited and the surrounding grounds and Chapel are stunning well worth the visit.

A building has been on the site from the 11th century and it has from this time been the home of the Croft family and Croft baronets. The Croft family were closely linked to their neighbours the Mortimers of Wigmore and later Ludlow. The Battle of Mortimer's Cross took place on Croft lands nearby in 1461. The present building originated as a castle in the 14th century and has been much altered since. It was the home of a John Croft who married one of Owain Glynd┼Ár's daughters. In the 15th century the Croft family adopted the Welsh Wyvern crest, a wounded black dragon, seen as a subtle allusion to their Glyndwr heritage. Croft Castle was restored after slighting in the Civil War. It now consists of a stone quadrangular manor house with a small castellated round tower at each corner and a small square tower flanking the north side. The castle is under the care of the National Trust and members of the Croft family still live within it.[citation needed]
The
manor house[citation needed] has a quadrectangular structure around a central courtyard. The north side of the building is not parallel to the south side. The outside walls of the building date from the 15th century. The building has four circular towers on each corner of the structure, although they are too slender to be defensive structures. The north range isElizabethan, while the other ranges date later than 1746, and are Georgian in design. The building originally had a parapet, which was later removed. The sash windows were a later addition. The entrance porch, which has flanking parapets, is also Georgian, although it may have been located on the site of a former gatehouse.[6]
The castle was the home of the Croft family for nearly 1000 years.
[5] It may have been built by Richard Croft. The Croft family was recorded as living in the structure in the Domesday Book. It was purchased by Richard Knight[disambiguation needed] in 1746.[6] The building was bought back by the Croft family in 1923.[5]