The first two Shropshire churches I have covered for this website are Heath and Ludlow. Without setting out to do so, it has occurred to me that in these two churches - the one humble, tiny and deconsecrated, the other mighty, proud and steeped in history - I am portraying the English parish church at its extremes.
Ludlow is one of England’s foremost churches. Simon Jenkins gives it 5 stars, and although my tastes are more Heath than Ludlow, I can’t disagree with him. I don’t have space here for anything but the merest outline of its architecture. For more you must see it yourself and buy the excellent Guide Book.
For me, the wonder of Ludlow lies in its carvings in the choir, and I struggle to decide how much to reproduce here. This is, however, a splendid church in every way and I don’t have the wherewithal or access to do justice to its magnificence.
Ludlow is very much a c15 perpendicular church. The font dates back to the first bulding of the c12, and that’s about all. It was rebuilt in Transitional style in around 1199 and all that is left of that church is part of the south aisle wall. In c13 an Early English door was added along with a two-bay chancel to house a High Altar. The Decorated period of c14 produced the south porch and a