Church of England Diocese of Hereford Ludford

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

These are available when services are being held, but are not open every day for casual visitors. They are in our Garden House next to the church. Access is down two steps and up one step, so is not really suitable for wheelchairs, although we hope to address this problem soon.

There is one parking space immediately in front of the gates; this is for the use of church staff, blue badge holders, hearses and wedding cars. If you are not in one of those categories please park either on the road from the bridge, alongside Ludford House, or else use the cemetery car park at the end of Park Road.

There is a defibrilator point at Ludlow Homecare, just the other side of Ludford Bridge from the church, and a trained operator lives nearby.

Actually our entrance porch and doorway are not ramped because the floor is completely flat straight through so we don't need a ramp! The whole of the public area inside the church is step-free and carpeted.

Our loop system is used for all services. An amplifier is available for services with large congregations, and for outdoor celebrations; it also feeds into the loop system.

Some large-print copies of our Mission Praise hymnbooks are available. We also have some full-page magnifiers which can be borrowed for use with service books, Bibles, etc.

Guide dogs and other assistance dogs are always welcome at St. Giles.


Our Building

St. Giles is Grade 2* listed, largely on account of its interesting memorials and brasses. Our handsome wrought-iron entrance gate is also listed.


Music and Worship

After a number of silent years, our single bell was brought back into use in 2018. It's sweet tone now floats out over the River Teme, welcoming parishioners making their way to the Sunday services.

For a small church we have an excellent modern organ. Our regular organist, Colin Reeves, conducts the Ludlow Town Band, and the local men's choir.

Once or twice a month we have lay-led Morning Prayer services which usually include a number of prayers and psalms from the BCP.


Groups, Courses and Activities

There are some very interesting memorial brasses in the Foxe Chapel of our church. During restoration work it was found that they were made from an even older brass memorial, and full details of this discovery can be found on the adjacent display board. A member of our congregation is an expert on old brasses in general.


Help for Visitors

An excellent little booklet about the history of St. Giles, the Foxe and Charlton families, and the features of our church is available to visitors for £1.

St. Giles is normally open from 9.00am to 5.00pm every day.


Other Features

We are a collection point for Ludlow Food Bank. Donations of suitable tinned/packet foods can be left in the green box in the porch. Guidance on suitable goods to donate is with the box.

The historic and largely unspoiled market town of Ludlow is a conservation area and contains an enormous number of listed buildings. Ludford, divided from the town centre only by the River Teme, is included in the conservation area, thanks to some of the important and interesting buildings close to the church.

St. Giles' Garden House, acquired after our parish hall had been sold off, has a good-sized meeting room on the first floor, with a kitchen and toilets on the ground floor. This facility is available for hire for meetings, courses, etc. Please contact the Churchwardens via the Get in Touch page.