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Ludlow, Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow

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St Laurence's Church, Ludlow is a parish church in the Church of England in Ludlow.The church is a member of the Greater Churches Group and is the largest parish church in Shropshire. It was one of only 18 churches given a five-star rating in England's Thousand Greatest Churches by Simon Jenkins (1999) and is described as the "cathedral of the Marches". It is the 13th most popular free visitor attraction in the West Midlands, with 70,000 visitors per year.BackgroundThe parish church was established as a place of worship in association with the founding of Ludlow by the Normans in the late 11th century. It is situated atop the hill around which the medieval town developed. The church was rebuilt in the year 1199 and has had several later additions and modifications. The tower is 135 feet (41 metres) high and commands expansive views of the town and surrounding countryside. Notable features include an extensive set of misericords in the choir stalls as well as fine stained glass windows.
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  • Shropshire doesn't have a cathedral....the nearest ones are Hereford to the south and Lichfield to the north east. But St.Laurence goes a long way towards making up for it.... It is HUGE---far bigger ...  more »
  • The St. Laurence Parish Church is always a church we visit when coming to the town. Its peaceful grace compliments well the castle also in Ludlow. While not having the grandeur of some much larger cat...  more »
  • This church, in the middle of Ludlow, is beautiful and as I have already said is not a Cathedral but should be. The architecture is magnificent and there are some of the oldest Stained Glass Windows i...  more »