David J Lloyd



Founded 1976

We always welcome new members with ideas for topics to be researched.

However, if any of those listed below appeals, or if you would like to undertake them with a fellow enthusiast or as a group, please contact John Barratt, secretary LHRG, on or 01584-877620.

Brief biographies of individuals buried in the tombs of St Laurence’s church

The fire service in Ludlow

History of Ludford

History of Ludlow Hospital

Law and order in 19th century Ludlow

Ludlow and the Wars of the Roses

The pubs and inns of Ludlow

Assist member Clive Richardson, who is researching Ludlow men killed during the Second World War.

The autumn term begins on the second Thursday in September.

Some of the topics currently being researched by our members include the following:

Corporation minutes

One of our members is transferring to computer selected extracts of the Ludlow Corporation minutes, transcribed in the 1940s by local antiquarian Thomas Midgley. Dating from the 16th century and concluding in the late 19th, by which time a Town Council had come into being, they will thus become readily accessible to Ludlow historians of the future.

Lane’s House

A number of house history projects are being undertaken within the Group and this is one of them. Lane’s House in Old Street, Ludlow is so named because it was acquired by the trustees of Thomas Lane, who died in 1647. A 16th century timber-framed building, refronted in 1621, together with a neighbouring property they served as the town’s Workhouse and House of Correction until 1837.

Lower Corve Street

The northern end of Corve Street was for centuries the centre of Ludlow’s dyeing the tanning industries. These had all but disappeared by the mid 19th century when the area was turned over to mainly domestic occupation. The street’s evolution constitutes a project which spans the Victorian era and continues to the present day.

Ludford’s history

A hamlet on the south bank of the River Teme, Ludford dates from the Anglo-Saxon period and thus pre-dates neighbouring Ludlow which is a Norman “Plantation Town”. This on-going study records the history of a community that until 1974 was part of Herefordshire and still retains its distinctive character.

Ludlow’s Civil War

Ludlow, with its castle in the ownership of the crown since 1461, was royalist town during the English Civil War but a siege by Parliamentarian troops in 1646 only lasted for 33 days. These and other events are the subject of a study by a member who is a published civil war historian.

Photographic Collection

One of our members is organising a collection of old photographs of Ludlow, putting them in order by street, and, where possible, by date.

The Merchant House

The purpose of this study is to examine the construction, evolution and past occupancy of The Merchant House. This is a 15th century hall house that in more recent times gained international fame as Ludlow's first Michelin-stared restaurant and so played a key catalytic role in the creation of the town's present gourmet status.

The Pierce Papers 1682-1697

John Pierce junior was a Ludlow ironmonger who left records and accounts of his purchases.  Two members of the group are transcribing and analysing the documents.

The Reader’s House

There has been a house at the East End of St Laurence’s church since the 13th Century. In the mid 16th Century it was in a poor state of repair. Then in 1616 Thomas Kay, Chaplain to the Council in the Marches, built the present fine timber framed residence retaining the west wall of the original stone house. It became known as the Reader’s House in the early 18th Century when Ludlow Corporation allocated it to the curate who read out parts of the lessons at services in the church.

The history of ownership and structure of the house has been researched and written up in a 245 page report. A copy of this can be downloaded by clicking on the front page of the report to the left of this column. To read this report you will require a free copy of Adobe Reader:

In addition a navigable 3D model of the house as built by Thomas Kay in 1616 has been developed using Framewright software:

It is possible, using your computer mouse, and/or direction arrows, page up and page down to navigate around the house, enter through the front door, ascend the stairs and enter into rooms. The model can be downloaded by clicking on the picture of the house to the left of this column. To view the 3D model you will require a free copy of BIMx viewer:

Records of Burgess Admissions

Four members have begun transcribing and analysing the records of the Burgesses (Freemen) of the Borough of Ludlow. When completed the transcription will be available and become an invaluable aid for work on Ludlow families and on our understanding of local politics.

Horse-drawn days

One of our members is studying the carriers, stage and Royal Mail coach operators in Shropshire and some adjoining counties in the 18th and 19th centuries. These thriving services were cut short in the 1850s by the arrival of the Britain’s railway network.

World War Two soldiers

This is an on-going project for a member who is recording the names and service careers of the Ludlow men who gave their lives in the 1939-1945 war.

The David J Lloyd Archives

David Lloyd was born in Ludlow and went to the local Grammar School. In 1953 he won an exhibition to Balliol College, Oxford. He had a career in education with various jobs including Deputy Head at a large comprehensive and later at the Open University. In 1976 he was a founder member of the Ludlow Historical Research Group. After living in various parts of England, David moved back to Ludlow in 1985. In 1998 he was awarded the MBE for services to local history and the community. Then in 2005 he completed his doctorate thesis on Ludlow 1660 to 1848.

He died in 2009 and left his considerable local history archive to the LHRG. Members of the group have the opportunity to use this archive in their studies.


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