Ludlow is a broadcast town in Shropshire, England, 28 miles (45 km) south of Shrewsbury and 23 miles (37 km) north of Hereford via the main A49 road, which bypasses the town. With a population of approximately 11,000, Ludlow is the largest town in South Shropshire. The town is significant in the history of the Welsh Marches and neighbouring Wales.
The town is near the confluence of the rivers Corve and Teme. The oldest portion is the medieval walled town, founded in the late 11th century after the Norman conquest of England. It is centred on a little hill which lies upon the eastern bank of a correct of the River Teme. Situated on this hill are Ludlow Castle and the parish church, St Laurence’s, the largest in the county. From there the streets perspective downward to the River Teme, and northward toward the River Corve. The town is in a sheltered spot beneath Mortimer Forest and the Clee Hills, which are usefully visible from the town.
Ludlow has nearly 500 listed buildings, including examples of medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered buildings. The town was described by Sir John Betjeman as “probably the loveliest town in England”.