#17 Ludlow Castle
Shropshire, England
~1085 and late 13th century
This is NOT an official Lego site

While 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.
The 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.

Bucks Engraving
General Plan
with key
Plan of the
Inner Ward
Bridge Watercolor

Photos of the Lego Model
Built September 1988
South View
East View
East Northeast View


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Lego Plan

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