Friends of Ludlow Museum have and continue to assist
in the purchase of artefacts and funding professional
conservation of the collections.
ring in the photograph below is an example of such an
acquisition, assisted by the Friends.
This ring, some 30 mm across, dates from the period AD 410 to
It was discovered in 2012 by a metal detectorist in South
Shropshire. We are not sure what the ring was used for; it is
too large to be worn on the finger. Instead it might have been
used as a toggle on clothing or possibly a pommel of a sword.
The ring has been described by experts as “the only prestige
piece of Britonnic Dark Age metalwork to have been found in
old mill at the bottom of Old Street, Ludlow.
This charming painting
of the old mill at the bottom of Old Street, Ludlow, close
to the junction with Temeside, is dated Nov 1813 (on a
stone, bottom left). The Friends of Ludlow Museum have
purchased it for the Collection and plans are for it to go
on display in an exhibition of paintings owned by the Museum
Service. There is a Thomas Telford plan showing the
mill, which confirms its location.
The painting shows a yard, pigsty, stable and the
mill. The river is to the right, behind the willow
Unfortunately, the artist is not currently known but further
research is being undertaken.
The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll of
In the late 16th Century Sir Henry Sidney, Lord President of the
Council of Wales and the Marches, set up a collection of the
coats of arms of a number of people of significance associated
with the castle. They were displayed in the chapel of St Mary
Magdalene in the inner bailey. As well as including all the
current members of the Council, he included the arms of past
owners from Walter de Lacy in the 11th Century down to Queen
The Council had been set up originally by Edward IV to support
his young son Edward who was Prince of Wales. Sir Henry included
the arms of all the previous Lord Presidents down to his own
A few years later, Sir Henry decided to create a permanent
record of these shields. They were copied onto a long roll, made
of pieces of parchment, and each one was labelled. Although the
original shields are long gone, the roll has survived. The
Friends first became aware of the existence of this important
document in 2015 and learnt that it was for sale privately. A
committee was formed to secure it for Ludlow and to make
arrangements for its display and future use. Early in 2017, the
Friends of Ludlow Museum agreed to become official owners of the
roll and to take responsibility for its future.
The roll is 15 feet long but just 4 inches wide. Although it is
faded in places and rodents have damaged it, it is still in
remarkably good condition with bright colours and readable text.
Because it is quite fragile, it can't be displayed permanently
in Ludlow, so the plan is to create high-quality facsimiles.
The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll Appeal has been launched to
raise funds to purchase the roll, create the facsimiles, display
a copy permanently in Ludlow and use another for educational
work. The Mortimer History Society is already running a
summer programme in local primary schools which involves a
history day at Ludlow castle. The roll will fit neatly into the
heraldry section of that programme.
Early 2020 has seen an exhibition of the Heraldic Role in the
foyer of the Shropshire Museums Collections Centre, below the
entrance to the Library in Ludlow.
Click here for the details.
We are also keen to undertake conservation work on the roll
and to create a series of booklets suitable for a range of age
and interest levels. Our target is £20,000 and we'll be
grateful for your support. Please send contributions to our
treasurer, Tony Mahalski, 9 Mill Street, Ludlow SY8 1AZ. Details
of how to do this are here, along with links to
documents explaining how the aims of the project will be
achieved and giving details of the various coats of arms that