Ludlow: Dyeing and Tanning

On reaching the road we’ll turn left and then cross over onto Bromfield Road to make our way back into town. After crossing the road bridge alongside the pasture field turn right into Lower Corve Street where there are several interesting timber-framed buildings including the Unicorn public house where we can stop for lunch or a drink.

This area was the centre of Ludlow’s dyeing and tanning industries from the medieval period until the 19th century. Here you will find the Merchant House which was occupied by a succession of dyers, woollen cloth being the source of Ludlow’s prosperity during the Middle Ages. It is now a popular bed and breakfast establishment.

The River Corve running behind these buildings was once a major player in the industries carried out here: today it is home to ducks, kingfishers, dragonflies and wagtails. From the rear gardens you can look at the sheep grazing in the water-meadow and watch the river flow to join the Teme – ‘the Severn’s wild sweet daughter…

Glove making was another major industry in Ludlow during the early part of the 19th century and opposite the Unicorn you will see the lilac coloured Glover House which has light airy rooms, high ceilings and unusually large windows providing more light for the glove workers. Now it is a fine town house. At the end of Lower Corve Street you pass an impressive yellow painted timber framed house.

For my other walk in Ludlow, around the River Teme, please click here.

And now we continue up Corve Street, which is quite a steep climb, so deep breath!


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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