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St. Giles Church
the church in the settlement of Ludford, which is just across the bridge from Ludlow, has existed since the 12th Century. The evidence for this is the Norman window high in the tower, which was originally the west end of the Church.
By the early 13th century, a leper house, dedicated to St. Giles, was founded adjacent to the church. This was later demolished and replaced in Tudor times by a house which is now part of the beautiful complex of buildings to the rear of the church, called Ludford House.
The Fox and Charlton families, who lived in Ludford House were strongly connected with St. Giles Church. The Fox family commissioned the side chapel addition to the church during the 16th century. In this part of the church there are some very fine brasses, and a monument for Sir Job Charlton, who was a distinguished judge, member of parliament and Speaker of the House of Commons.
In 1869 the church was restored in various ways which were not entirely sympathetic, e.g. the plaster was removed from the interior and the masonry pointed in imitation of dressed stone.
Ludford church- yard is oval in shape, which suggests great antiquity, and is well kept.
It has a lovely view of the town of Ludlow which visitors frequently sit on the bench and enjoy. Visitors often comment on the peaceful atmosphere within the church. It has a faithful congregation of around 30 regular worshippers and is known for its warm welcome and sense of fellowship.
Services are held on Sunday at 11.15am. Visitors are made most welcome.
1st Sunday Family Service
2nd Sunday Communion
3rd Sunday Morning Prayer
4th Sunday Communion
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