The Parish Church of St. Laurence, Ludlow, Shropshire, England
Because Ludlow was a prosperous town the parish church had a considerable staff and the chancel provided seats (or stalls), seen here along both sides, for their use during services.
These are splendidly carved and on the underneath of the seats there are ledges, which allowed those attending the service, to be both upright and seated during lengthy services.
The ledges or stalls in the Chancel, known as misericords (or mercy seats), are traditionally decorated with carvings showing scenes of contemporary life of which this is but one.
It was difficult to pick just one to photograph but in the end I chose this one simply because I rather liked it.
This is a reproduction of a plaque, recorded in 1684 and removed from the church in the 18th century, commemorating Prince Arthur.
Basically it says that the heart of Arthur, Prince of Wales, was buried near this place after his death at Ludlow Castle in 1552.
This view is looking south-west and shows the castle in the middle distance, Castle Square in the left-hand bottom corner and Castle Lodge (Tudor) on a corner between the two.
A small area of the Castle Street car park can be seen in the right-hand bottom corner.
|More views from the tower