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Ludlow Castle f69

Ludlow Castle f69

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42023

Item number: f69

Length: 17.1

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of part of Ludlow Castle in Wales. Ludlow Castle was established around 1085, by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Shrewsbury, or Roger de Lacy. However the castle buildings date from later centuries, and additions were made right up to the Elizabethan period. It was of particular status in the 16th and 17th centuries when it was owned by the crown and was the centre of administration of the 'Marches' (the border area between England and Wales). It is situated in a good defensive position, atop a steep slope down to the River Corve in the north and to the River Teme in the west. Daniel Defoe visited the castle in the early 18th century, writing "the situation of this castle is most beautiful indeed" and that "the castle itself is in the very perfection of decay, all the fine courts, the royal apartments, halls and rooms of state, lye open, abandoned and some of them falling down".

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