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Lectures during the years 2005-09 when David Lloyd ran this programme  . . .

2005-2006 Victorian Ludlow and its Countryside


Lecture 1: The Victorian Age

Lecture 2: Country houses and their estates

Lecture 3: Agriculture

Lecture 4: Crafts, manufacturing and communications

Lecture 5: Ludlow in 1843

Lecture 6: Ludlow as a Market town

Lecture 7: The Borough Council

Lecture 8: The Great Lawsuit

Lecture 9: Parliamentary Representation

Lecture 10: Leisure

Lecture 11: Population and society

Lecture 12: The Church of England, Non-Conformity

Lecture 13: Education

Lecture 14: Poor law and outrelief; the Workhouse

Lecture 15: Crime and punishment

Lecture 16: The villages

Lecture 17: Ludlow in 1910

Lecture 18: Ludlow suburbs 1

Lecture 19: Ludlow suburbs 2

Lecture 20: Ludlow and the British Empire

2006-2007 Historic Towns and Cities


Lecture 1: Urban elements: an introduction to the course

Lecture 2: The first towns and cities

Lecture 3: Towns and cities of the classical world: Greece and Rome

Lecture 4: Roman towns in Britain

Lecture 5: The early Anglo-Saxons and their towns

Lecture 6: Later Anglo-Saxon and Danish towns

Lecture 7: The growth of towns under the Normans and afterwards

Lecture 8: The origins and early development of Ludlow, a composite town

Lecture 9: Life in medieval towns: Shrewsbury and other case studies

Lecture 10: Urban myths, legends and entertainments

Lecture 11: Renaissance cities of Europe

Lecture 12: Tudor and Stuart London, a case study

Lecture 13: Urban renaissance after 1660

Lecture 14: Urban planning, including Paris and Washington

Lecture 15: Small towns in early modern Europe

Lecture 16: Spas and seaside resorts

Lecture 17: Towns and cities of the industrial revolution

Lecture 18: Cities of the British Empire and across the world

Lecture 19: Urban problems, the Civic Gospel

Lecture 20: Towns and cities in the works of artists and writers



2007-2008 Great Houses of Shropshire


Lecture 1: Overview; the roles and functions of the Great Houses

Lecture 2: Houses before 1660

Lecture 3: Architectural history, 1660-1800

Lecture 4: Architectural history from 1800

Lecture 5: The gentry: the Actons of Aldenham

Lecture 6: The Great House as a power base - The Harleys of Brampton Bryan

Lecture 7: Empire and Industry - Clive of India and his descendants

Lecture 8: The Great House and the village

Lecture 9: The land around the Great House; Pairings of Country and Town Houses

Lecture 10: Leisure and pastimes

Lecture 11: Timber and Brick: the master mason from medieval to Stuart times, 1500-1689

Lecture 12: The architect from the 18th to the 20th centuries

Lecture 13: The Plan of the House and what it tells us about life styles

Lecture 14: Land around the Great House

Lecture 15: Lords of the Manor and their Ladies

Lecture 16: Life in Service

Lecture 17: Sons and Daughters of the Great House: Staying at Home and Going Forth

Lecture 18: Transport at the Great House: Horses to Cars

Lecture 19: The Rich Man in his castle, the Poor Man at his gate

Lecture 20: Challenges to the Great House tradition



2008-2009 Ludlow, the Marches, and the Wider World


Lecture 1: Portrait of the Marches

Lecture 2: Early days

Lecture 3: Shaping the Landscape

Lecture 4A: Medieval Life

Lecture 4B: Pilgrimage

Lecture 5A: Renaissance and Reformation

Lecture 5B: Tudor Time Line

Lecture 6A: Elizabeth and James

Lecture 6B: Council of the Marches

Lecture 7A: Civil War

Lecture 7B: Consuming passions

Lecture 8: Improvement

Lecture 9: Enlightenment

Lecture 10: Folklore

Lecture 11A: Prince Regent to Prince Consort

Lecture 11B: British Empire

Lecture 12A: The Greatness of Britain

Lecture 12B: Into the Modern World

Lecture 13: The Great War, 1914-18

Lecture 14: Flappers and filmstars

Lecture 15: Depression to Conflict

Lecture 16: Austerity to Boom

Lecture 17: the Spirit of Welshness

Lecture 18: the Sixties

Lecture 19: Wither Ludlow?

Lectures in the period 2010-17 under the title "History and Landscape of Ludlow and the Marches" . . .

2 Nov 2010 Roy Coles "Fair Ludlow Town Part 1"


9 Nov 2010 Prof Michael Rosenbaum "The deep structure of Shropshire" followed by "From Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics"


16 Nov 2010 Prof Michael Rosenbaum "The building blocks of Shropshire: Rocks" followed by "Building the Blocks: Shropshire's history from a geological perspective"


23 Nov 2010 Prof Michael Rosenbaum "Evolution of the Shropshire landscape" followed by "Modification by ice"


30 Nov 2010 Dr Margaret Clark "David Lloyd and his place amongst historians"


7 Dec 2010 John Nash "The history and restoration of Lane's House"


1 Feb 2011 Roy Coles "Fair Ludlow Town Part 2"


8 Feb 2011 Julia Ionides "The Ludlow Guildhall"


15 Feb 2011 Andrew Pike "Castles of the Marches"


8 Mar 2011 Jean Brown "Ludlow's Victorian History"


15 Mar 2011 Michael Page "Keeping Time in Ludlow"


22 Mar 2011 Duncan James "The Buildings of Ludlow"


18 Oct 2011 Shaun Ward "St Laurence's Church - Change and Decay"


25 Oct 2011 Caroline Magnus "The story of Stokesay Court"


1 Nov 2011 Colin Richards "Post-war development of Ludlow"


8 Nov 2011 Sylvia Watts "Almshouses of Shropshire"


15 Nov 2011 Olwen Hughes "Ludlow as seen through the artists eye"


22 Nov 2011 John Farley & Peter Carty "Tales from Wenlock Edge"


31 Jan 2012 Glyn Barratt "Titterstone Clee – A Hill through Time"


7 Feb 2012 Michael Page & Tim Booth "The Mills of Ludlow – medieval & later"


14 Feb 2012 Andrew Wigley "The History & Archaeology of Ludlow's Landscape"


28 Feb 2012 Karen & Andy Johnson (Logaston Press) "A Marches Miscellany – Impressions of its history & landscape formed while publishing Marches authors"


6 Mar 2012 Liz Pitman "Pigsties & Paradise (Lady Travellers in Wales 1795-1860)"


13 Mar 2012 Jane Allsopp "The Ludlow Road. The local landscape of A.E. Housmans poetry"


16 October 2012 Roy Coles "Fair Ludlow Town continued..."


23 October 2012 Michael Rosenbaum "Creation of the Landscape – the classic view from Whitcliffe"


30 October 2012

Tony Pollard "The Talbots – Shropshire Politics/Shropshire during the Wars of the Roses"


6 November 2012

Alf Jenkins "Industrial & Social History of the Clee Hills"


13 November 2012

Clive Richardson, Anne Gray & Gareth Owen "Ludlow Men in 1st World War – their stories with poems & songs"


20 November 2012

Jonathan Wood "Shropshire's Anglo-Saxon Churches"


Tuesday 5th February 2013

The railway through Ludlow

Michael Rosenbaum


Tuesday 12th February 2013

Thomas Telford's Shropshire Legacy/Ludlow through Time

Dorothy Nicolle


Tuesday 19th February 2013

Five Centuries of Mortimer Forest – Tudors to the Present

David Lovelace


Tuesday 26th February 2013

Constructive Conservation – the Marches Historic Environment

John Yates


Tuesday 5th March 2013

South Shropshire Churches since the Reformation

Tim Bridges


Tuesday 12th March 2013

The Story of Church Stretton

Tony Crowe


Tuesday 15th October 2013

The railway through Ludlow ..... and Beyond

Michael Rosenbaum


Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Why didn't you fight in the Great War Daddy? - South Shropshire 1914-18

Derek Beattie


Tuesday 29th October 2013

Recreation and Husbandry - historic deer parks in Shropshire

Sandra Morris


Tuesday 5th November 2013

William Foxe of Ludford - a 16thC recusant philanthropist

Jonathan Moore


Tuesday 12th November 2013

Civil War in the Marches

John Barratt


Tuesday 19th November 2013

Sex and the Single Pearl

Mike Kelly


Tuesday 18th February 2014

The Blue Plaques of Ludlow

John Nash


Tuesday 25th February 2014

Conserving the built environment around South Shropshire

Stephen Treasure


Tuesday 4th March 2014

Finds from the Fields;  a look at the archaeological treasures from South Shropshire and beyond

Peter Reavill


Tuesday 11th March 2014

Aspects of the Stiperstones

A team from the Stiperstones and Corndon Landscape Partnership


Tuesday 18th March 2014

The Whitsun Riots of 1605: Catholic Commotion in Herefordshire & Monmouthshire

Wendy Brogden


Tuesday 25th March 2014

Conserving the metaliferous mining heritage of South Shropshire

Colin Richards


Tuesday 21st October 2014

Shaping the Ludlow Landscape – a Ludlow Walk

Michael Rosenbaum


Tuesday 28th October 2014

1000 years of building with stone in Herefordshire & Worcestershire

Kate Andrew


Tuesday 4th November 2014

Investigating the Leominster Canal:  a virtual excursion

Gerry Calderbank


Tuesday 11th November 2014

Saints and Sinners:  a Ludlow perspective

Michael Tavinor


Tuesday 18th November 2014

Hampton Court, Herefordshire:  the ups and downs of a Border landscape

Catherine Beale


Tuesday 25th November 2014

Writers' Shropshire

Gorden Dickins


Tuesday 10th February 2015

More about Ludlow

Roy Coles


Tuesday 17th February 2015

Offa's Dyke

Paul Belford


Tuesday 24th February 2015

Berrington Hall – its History & Architecture

Frank Ryding


Tuesday 3rd March 2015

“I've got a bit of a Blighty One” - Stokesay Court's role as a Hospital in World War 1,


Caroline Magnus


Tuesday 10th March 2015

The Telford Giant and the Little People - a Perspective on the Development of Telford

Allan Frost


Tuesday 17th March 2015

The Ceramics of Ironbridge Gorge – the Development & Influence of a Shropshire


Kate Cadman


Tuesday 20th October 2015

The Story of Ludlow Workhouse

John Nash


Tuesday 27th October 2015

From Deerparks to Landscape Parks: designed landscapes of Shropshire

Sandra Morris


Tuesday 3rd November 2015

How the canal almost came to Ludlow

Michael Rosenbaum


Tuesday 10th Novemberh 2015

Photographing the Landscape & Natural World of Shropshire – a most rare vision

Mark Sisson


Tuesday 17th November 2015

William Penny Brooks and the Wenlock Olympian Games

Catherine Beale


Tuesday 24th November 2015

Traditional Shropshire Agriculture in Pictures – the past 200 years

Colin Richards


Tuesday 2nd February 2016

The Reader's House, Ludlow

Michael Page


Tuesday 9th February 2016

Medieval New Towms of  the Welsh Marches and their Surprising Context

Peter Cornah


Tuesday 16th February 2016

The Singular Stiperstones – Landscape, Literature and History

Tom Wall


Tuesday 23rd February 2016

The Ludlow Palmers' Guild

Hugh Wood


Tuesday 1st March 2016

“Black by day, Red by night” - an introduction to the Landscape of the Black Country – 1700-1950

David Eveleigh


Tuesday 8th March 2016

A Walk to the Paradise Garden:  Gardens of the Middle Marches

Jane Allsop

Tuesday 25 October 2016

How the Other Half Lived – Ludlow's Working Classes 1850-1960

Derek Beattie


Tuesday 1 November 2016

On the Trail of the Mortimers

Philip Hume


Tuesday 8 November 2016

Shropshire – A Romantic View

Gordon Dickins


Tuesday 15 November 2016

“They Shall Grow Not Old” - The Ludlow men who were killed in the 2nd World War (with poetry & song)

Clive Richardson


Tuesday 22 November 2016

Churches of Shropshire  – an Architectural Tour

Andrew Pike


Tuesday 29 November 2016

Woodland Past & Woodland Future - the Marches from the last glaciation to current challenges

Andrew Allott


Tuesday 7 February 2017

“Old Bill” of World War I & his creator Bruce Bairnsfather - the Ludlow connections

Keith Pybus

Tuesday 14 February 2017

The Story of Bishop’s Castle

David Preshous

Tuesday 21 February 2017

The discovery of Thomas Hakluyt’s houses (Ludlow) & other timber-framed buildings in the Marches

Duncan James

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Thomas Andrew Knight of Downton Castle & his contribution to horticulture

Murray Mylechreest

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Archeology & Artefacts of Ludlow

Leon Bracelin

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Sir Henry Sidney & the Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll

Hugh Wood & Rosalind Caird

Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Silurian

Michael Rosenbaum

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Cleobury Mortimer 100 years ago and its famous soldier-author

Mark Baldwin

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Ancestor of Skyscrapers:  the Story of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Joanna Layton    

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Dorstone Hill, Herefordshire:  a Neolithic Landscape

Keith Ray                

Tuesday 21 November 2017

From the “ Most Extraordinary District in the World” to a very Poor Fag End of it: Archeology at the Ironbridge Gorge    Shane Kelleher

Tuesday 28 November 2017

Ludlow’s Georgian Elegance

Jonathan Wood

Tuesday 30 January 2018

The Renaissance of Ludlow – from post-war decline to recognition as an international heritage centre
Colin Richards

Tuesday 6 February 2018
Medieval Shrewsbury and its three-dimensional archeological landscape
Nigel Baker

Tuesday 13 February 2018
A Tale of Two Rivers – the East and West Onny
David Preshous

Tuesday 20 February 2018
Hand in Glove: the Glove Industry of Ludlow, 1600-1830
Sandra Morris

Tuesday 27 February 2018
Bewdley, a Marches river port, and its connection with Prince Arthur
Richard Perrin

Tuesday 6 March 2018
Marcher Castles in Transition – from War to Peace - from Military Might to Residential Splendour 1250-1350
Neil Guy

Tuesday 9 October 2018

The Elan Valley Aqueduct - Ludlow’s biggest construction project
Michael Rosenbaum

Tuesday 16 October 2018
The Teme in Trust
Tony Bostock

Tuesday 23 October 2018
St Laurence’s Ludlow:  800 years of change
Shaun Ward

Tuesday 30 October 2018
Power & Stone - the lasting effect of ecclesiastical secular & Templar architecture on the Shropshire & Herefordshire landscape
Geoffrey Adams

Tuesday 6 November 2018
The Broad Gate and Ludlow’s defences
Michael Page

Tuesday 13 November 2018
Remembrance - internationally, nationally and locally
Clive Richardson

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Changing Leisure Patterns in Ludlow, 1850-1950

Derek Beattie

Tuesday 29 October 2019
Croft Castle’s Fishpool Valley.  Excavations & Investigations - 2017 to 2019

Stephen Wass

Tuesday 5 November 2019
The Sword & the Ring: how the Mortimers of Wigmore acquired control of the Central Marches

Philip Hume

Tuesday 12 November 2019
Late Medieval Woodwork in St Laurence’s Church

Peter White

Tuesday 19 November 2019
Exploring the Place-Names of Southern Shropshire

John Baker and Jayne Carroll

Tuesday 26 November 2019
Walking the Pipe: the Elan Valley Aqueduct in words and song

Kate Green and Michael Rosenbaum accompanied by musicians Faith Brackenbury and John Neilson

Tuesday 4 February 2020

The Knights of Downton Castle.  In pursuit of their passions 1700-1850.

Barney Rolf-Smith

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Mineral, Vegetable and Animal - the making of the Marches Landscapes

Andrew Allott


Tuesday 18 February 2020

Rediscovering elusive mammals of the Marches

Stuart Edmonds


Tuesday 25 February 2020

Ludlow Memories - Life & Times of a Market Town. Photographs from Victorian Era to modern times.

Colin Richards


Tuesday 3 March 2020

Pitchford Hall:  “The most splendid black-and-white Building in Shropshire” (Pevsner)

Duncan James


Tuesday 10 March 2020

The Welsh Invasions of Shropshire in the 12th and 13th centuries

David Stephenson

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Rescuing ruins in the Marches - the work of the Landmark Trust

Alastair Dick-Cleland

Tuesday 2 November 2021

The Ludlow middle classes at play, 1800-1950

Derek Beattie

Tuesday 9 November 2021

Who were the Knights Templar? The beginning and end of a religious fighting order, and their presence in the Southern Marches

Gil McHattie

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Recent research into Ribbesford House, Bewdley. Its role in the Marches and the power of the Mortimers

Tim Cornah

Tuesday 23 November 2021

“The King’s Writ does not run here.” The Welsh Marcher Lordships

Philip Hume

Tuesday 30 November 2021

The Angel Roof in St. Laurence’s Church, Ludlow, in relation to others in the Marches

Robert Walker

Tuesday 1 February 2022

Decorative Ludlow - a journey through time, looking at the Ornamentation on Buildings                                        Colin Richards

Tuesday 8 February 2022

Stepping Stones in the Landscape - Recovering Nature in the Shropshire Hills

Peter Carty

Tuesday 15 February 2022

Kilpeck Church and Herefordshire Romanesque Architecture

Brian Anderson

Tuesday 22 February 2022

The story of the SOE (Special Operations Executive) in Shropshire and Herefordshire

Bernard 0’Connor

Tuesday 1 March 2022

Recent  excavations, survey and repair work at Nordy Bank Hill Fort, Clee Liberty
Matt White, Chris Matthews

Tuesday 8 March 2022

The Broad Gate (Ludlow) from the early 1700s to today

Valerie Thomas

Tuesday 25 October 2022
Mortimer Forest: Its History, Industries & Wildlife
Alan Reid & Colin Richards

Tuesday 1 November 2022
"A Mortimer! A Mortimer!” The Mortimers in battle
Philip Hume

Tuesday 8 November 2022
Downton Gorge: That Matchless Valley
Tom Wall

Tuesday 15 November 2022
Archaeology of the early steam engines in Ironbridge Gorge
Michael Nevell

Tuesday 22 November 2022
The Medieval Stained Glass at Ludlow in the context of the Marches
Robert Walker

Tuesday 29 November 2022
Ludlow Castle: its History and Archaeology
Leon Bracelin

Tuesday 31 January 2023

The Making of the Shropshire Landscape; how interpretations (or things) have changed since 1972

Trevor Rowley

Tuesday 7 February 2023

The Shropshire Museums’ Geology collection: how it evolved and why does it matter?

Michael Rosenbaum
Tuesday 14 February 2023

Sir John Oldcastle of Herefordshire:  the origins of Falstaff

Andrew Johnson
Tuesday 21 February 2023

Leper Hospital to Gentry Mansion: Ludford House, the building & its place in Ludlow History

Duncan James

Tuesday 28 February 2023

Archery and Archers in the Marches, from Robin Hood to the Archers of Teme

Mark North

Tuesday 7 March 

Wildlife and Wonder from the landscape of the Shropshire Borders

Andrew Fusek Peters

Tuesday 24 October 2023
The Atlantic Salmon in the River Severn & its tributaries, including the Teme
Chris Bainger

Tuesday 31 October 2023
Oswestry, the forgotten castle! Its importance in the Northern Welsh Mar
Roger Cooper

Tuesday 7 November 2023
Treasure Tales & Hidden Hoards: the Herefordshire Viking Hoard
Peter Reavill

Tuesday 14 November 2023
Industrial Ludlow - an historical walk around Lower Corve Street
Mike Beazley  

Tuesday 21 November 2023
It’s the Mortimers wot won it:  the Wars of the Roses, the Mortimers & Ludlow
Philip Hume

Tuesday 28 November 2023
On the fringes or at the heart of it? The Roman period in the Central Marches
Roger White

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