Learn Ludlow’s history with a safely guided tour

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Written byLGL Editors

The Ludlow Historical Research Group was started in 1977 by the late David Lloyd. His brilliant and inspiring leadership made a seed change in the general perception of Ludlow. From the days of Roderick Murchison, famous geologist, in the late 18th century, Ludlow was best known for its connection with some of the most significant geological sites in the country. Within a decade Lloyd, with the help of many other historical researchers, raised the town’s historical profile.

A small family group gets a tour with our in-character guide in PPE

A small family group gets a tour with our in-character guide in PPE

In order to fund research and to encourage visitors to learn more about the town’s history, Lloyd organised regular weekend tours, which have continued ever since. Tours are held every weekend from April to October with special ones booked in advance for coach parties and groups, along with introductory evening talks for coach parties staying at the Feathers Hotel.


Tours conducted but with social distancing

Tours continue daily during the summer school holidays but as a result of the pandemic, they must be pre-booked for one person up to a group of 12. Participants are escorted around the centre of Ludlow within the old medieval walls. A number of historic sites, many associated with important milestones in the nation’s history, are pointed out and tantalising stories told about the individual buildings and their occupants.

Some tours are led by guides in character (see the photo below of Thomas Farnolls Pritchard, designer of the Ironbridge in Telford as well as many Ludlow buildings, but in appropriate Covid-19 protection, leading a small family group).

Get in contact

Roger Furniss a town resident for over 40 years has been organising the tours for more than 20 years. He is also lucky to have a group of 20 guides to help him. Tours cost £3 per person but there’s a minimum charge of £20. You can contact Roger directly to book by email: furniss@phonecoop.coop or on 01584 874205.

Look out for our upcoming review of ‘A Concise History of Ludlow’ published by Merlin Unwin



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