A unique trove of early and rare photographs taken in and around Ludlow in Shropshire between the 1850s and the 1950s.
The images are drawn from an extensive collection of photographic plates, negatives and prints, many previously unpublished. The photographs and photographers (several of whom were based in Ludlow) are described in detail, as are the people and places they photographed, their stories and histories.
Key local buildings and scenes, including St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow Castle and, beyond Ludlow, Stokesay Castle are depicted, all prior to restoration and looking strikingly different to the well-known visitor attractions of today. Other buildings, including Ludlow’s Victorian Town Hall and the vestiges of the medieval Palmers Guild College, have gone altogether. Also here is a mill fire in Lower Broad Street, intimate early portraits, forgotten gatherings and parades, visiting royalty and the improbable Craven Arms flying machine.
Ralph Beardmore lives in Ludlow and has amassed an extensive collection of old photographs and ephemera of the town and local area during over 40 years of collecting. He has extensive knowledge of local history, of the photographers who worked in Ludlow and the development of photography from its beginnings in the 1850s to the heyday of the 1950s. He is the author of Ludford House, Ludlow (Logaston Press, 2020).
Paperback with flaps | 176 pages | 170 x 210 mm (landscape) | Oct 2023
c.200 b&w and colour illustrations