Monday, 6 June 2016

Britain from A to Z - L

For the letter L in our alphabetical journey through the UK, we are looking at three historic buildings in England.
Ludlow Castle
Ludlow Castle showing the Great Hall and the Chapel of St Mary Magdalene with its circular Nave.
The castle is a ruined medieval fortification in the town of the same name in Shropshire, standing on a promontory overlooking the River Teme. The castle was probably founded by Walter de Lacy after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England. During the civil war of the 12th century the castle changed hands several times between the de Lacy's and rival claimants, and was further fortified with a Great Tower and a large outer bailey. In the mid-13th century, it was passed on to Geoffrey de Geneville who rebuilt part of the inner bailey, and the castle played a part in the Second Barons' War. Roger Mortimer acquired the castle in 1301, further extending the internal complex of buildings, and the Mortimer family went on to hold Ludlow for over a century.
Lord Leycester Hospital
The Lord Leycester Hospital is not now, and has never been a medical establishment. The word hospital is used in its ancient sense meaning "a charitable institution for the housing and maintenance of the needy, infirm or aged". In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it became a place of retirement for old warriors and their wives. So it remains today as an independent charity providing a home for ex-Servicemen and their wives.
Lacock Tithe Barn Interior
Lacock Tithe Barn
The Tithe Barn and the White House in the village of Lacock, Wiltshire, England. The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust, and attracts many visitors by virtue of its unspoiled appearance. The Tithe Barn, in the heart of the historic village is a limestone barn with a raised-cruck roof and a very long wagon porch. The village, which dates from the 13th century has many limewashed half-timbered and stone houses.

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