The Ludlow Palmers raise money for the Conservation Trust for St Laurence, Ludlow; Charity Number 1114678


St Laurence's, Ludlow is one of the finest medieval parish churches in England.First built in 1199, it assumed its present appearance in the mid 1400s following a major reconstruction in the “perpendicular” style. Architecturally impressive, it also has a wealth of original stained glass, a set of remarkable carved misericords and the tombs of several senior figures in the Council of the Marches which administered justice across Wales and its Marcher borders.

St Laurence, Ludlow
St Laurence, Ludlow
The 15th century rebuilding was made possible through the benevolence of the Palmers Guild which flourished from around 1250 to 1550. At its peak it had some 5,000 members nationwide and owned a third of Ludlow. Richard, Duke of York, was a notable Palmer. He was killed in 1460 at the battle of Wakefield during the Wars of the Roses. After ascending the throne, his son, king Edward IV is said to have enrolled 50 of his followers in the Guild.

In the 21st century, we have set up the Ludlow Palmers to raise money for the Conservation Trust for St Laurence. This is an independent charity with no religious affiliation. We have been able to support a wide range of conservation projects ranging from roofs, pinnacles and walls to windows, carvings, misericords, wall paintings and altar frontals.

If you care about the future of this magnificent building, will you join us and become a Ludlow Palmer? You can do this HERE

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News and events

Thursday 20 April 2017
2:30pm — 4:30pm
Ludlow Methodist Church

Palmers' Talk and Tea

I Love All Beauteous Things —
The Music of Herbert Howells

Revd. Dr. Paul Andrews
Thursday 4 May 2017
9:30am — 5:30pm
from Corve Street, Ludlow

Palmers' Coach Tour to Old Radnor, New Radnor and Llandrindod Wells

An opportunity to explore the Welsh towns of Old Radnor and New Radnor and Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells. Download more details HERE

Tickets in advance only (limited seating): £15. Send your request for ticket(s) and cheque (made payable to CTSLL) to CTSLL, 2 College Street, Ludlow SY8 1AN.

Saturday 24 June 2017

St Laurence's Church, Ludlow

Memorials in the Marches
Monuments in the church of
St Laurence, Ludlow

A day-long conference promoted by the Ludlow Palmers and the Church Monuments Society.

Download details HERE

Details of these and other events HERE

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