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The local area guide to living in Ludlow

Ludlow is a historic, beautiful market town in Shropshire. It has a population of just under 11,000 people, making it one of the larger towns in the county, and has a significant history relating to Wales's relationship with England.

It lies between the rivers Corve and Teme, and the town includes the ancient medieval walled town which dates back to the Norman conquest. This part of town is raised on a small hill, with Ludlow Castle on the peak. Ludlow's history is clear to see, with 500 listed buildings providing fantastic examples of medieval and Tudor architecture. It's no wonder Sir John Betjeman described it as 'probably the loveliest town in England.'

It's not just the architecture that makes it beautiful either. It is surrounded by fantastic countryside, including the Mortimer Forest and Clee Hills.

Throughout the medieval period Ludlow was a significant market town, particularly thriving on the wool and cloth trades but home to many more. These trades had died down by the 17th century, but the town still attracted money and had several pubs, coaching houses and hotels to accommodate travelers. This laid the groundwork for the town becoming what it is today - a very popular tourist destination. It now has a fantastic community atmosphere and offers some attractive walking and cycling routes across the Welsh Marches.

Information about the local residents

Around 10,200 people live within the civil parish of Ludlow and a further 700 in nearby Ludford parish.

The mean age for the region is 42.6, just over that of the rest of the country, and the median age is 44. Roughly 28% of the population are under 25, while around 50% are over 45.

Ludlow has a fairly middle class social grade profile, with just over 50% of residents belonging to grades AB or C1, meaning the main household earner's job classifies as Higher or Intermediate managerial, professional, technical or administrative. 28% of people have achieved a Level 4 education, while 23% have no qualifications - these figures are around average for England.

38.6% of people in the area own their own house, and a further 30.6% have a mortgage. Just 13.1% of homes are privately rented and very few properties are used as social housing. This may relate to the relatively low number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance - just 2.2% compared to England's 3.3%.

Nearby schools

Within Ludlow are three good primary schools serving the local children. They are an infant school, a junior school and a full primary school, which serves children aged 5-11.

The town also has a secondary school - Ludlow Church of England school, which carries education up to the age of 16. It is a coeducational school, administered by the Shropshire Council as well as the Church of England Diocese of Hereford and has been rated well under Ofsted inspection.

Also within the town is Ludlow College - a sixth form collage, with history dating back to the 13th century.

Getting around

Ludlow Railway Station, which was opened in the 1850s, offers regular connections along the Welsh Marches Line with services run by Arriva Trains Wales. It has one to two trains running every hour in both directions Monday to Saturday, with slightly fewer running on Sundays. Direct trains can be taken to Shrewsbury, Manchester Piccadilly, Cardiff Central, Newport and several other towns. Just over 300,000 people use the station every year.

Ludlow also offers excellent cycling by way of the National Cycle Network route 44. for motorists, the A49 is the major trunk road and was diverted around the town in the 1970s.

Local shops

Ludlow is well known for having an outstanding variety of places to shop, eat and drink. It is particularly popular for the predominance of independent businesses offering food, clothing, gifts, antiques, books and artisan products.

Ludlow also has a traditional market three times per week, with an additional Wednesday market running from April to September and farmers markets once per month.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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