#17 Ludlow Castle
~1085 and late 13th century
This is NOT an official Lego site
first mentioned by chroniclers in 1138, Ludlow was
probably begun not long after 1066 when the property was
acquired by the de Lacy family. Ideally situated on a 100
foot level promontory overlooking the Rivers Teme and
Corve, the castle was usually in the thick of wars
between the Welsh and the English. When the last male de
Lacy heir died about 1240, the estates were divided
between the two daughters. Maud [Matilda] de Lacy married Geoffrey de
Geneville, an Angle-French noble and staunch supporter of Henry III.
Ludlow castle was briefly captured by Simon de Montfort during a
baronial uprising in 1264. However, in 1283 Geoffrey moved to
Ireland to oversee his vast holdings there, and gave Ludlow to his son,
Peter, who began building a fine range of domestic buildings at Ludlow.
Peter's daughter Joan married Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, who led
another baronial uprising, this time against King Edward II. King
Edward also briefly captured Ludlow, but was eventually dethroned.
The last of the Mortimers died in 1425 and Ludlow passed to nephew,
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York.
ascension of Edward Plantagenet to the English throne as King Edward IV
in 1461 made Ludlow a
royal castle, which she remained for 350 years, aside from a brief
conquest the Lancastrian forces in 1459 during the War of the Roses. Wales was
virtually governed from Ludlow for a century, and was a royal castle for
almost 350 years, save another brief takeover in 1646 by the
Parliamentarians during the Civil War. Fortuately a quick surrender
spared the castle from demolition. The famous
Chapel of St. Mary Magdelene was one of the earliest
castle chapels in England and was modelled after the
Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. John Milton
wrote his "Comus" here. After 1689 the castle was abandoned
and became derelict. Several successive Earls of Powis maintained Ludlow
from 1771 until
she was taken over by English Heritage. She is now visited by more than
100,000 tourists each year.
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