The History & Antiquities of the Town of Ludlow; And Its Ancient Castle

The History & Antiquities of the Town of Ludlow; And Its Ancient Castle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...as having abundance of coats of arms upon the pannels, and the hall as decorated with the same kind of ornaments, together with lances, spears, firelocks, and old armour. Dr. Todd, in his learned edition of Comus, says, "a gentleman who visited the Castle in 1768 has acquainted me that the floor of the great council chamber was then pretty entire, as was the staircase. The covered steps leading to the Chapel were remaining, but the covering of the Chapel was fallen; yet the arms of some of the Lords Presidents were visible. In'the= great council chamber was inscribed on the wall a sentence from 1 Samuel, Chapter 12, Yerse 3; all which are now wholly gone." Soon after the accession of George I. an or der is said to have come down for unroofiug the buildings and stripping them of their lead. Decay of course soon ensued. Many of the pannels, bearing the arms of the Lords Presidents, were converted into wainscotting for a public house in the town, a former owner of which enriched himself by the sale of materials claudestinely taken away. There remains, also, a richly embroidered carpet, hung up in the chancel of St. Lawrence's church, said to be part of the covering of the council board.-The Earl of Powis, who previously held the Castle in virtue of a long lease, acquired the reversion in fee, by purchase from the crown, in the year 1811. From the time that some fixed mode of building was established, it is not diflicult to ascertain the periodical changes which have succeeded; yet there may well be supposed intermediate times wherein the former mode is found more or less mixed with that which has not become exclusively adopted. Writers learned in these studies, have, with great labour of research, ture found in ancient buildings, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236960181
  • 9781236960184