1961 Shropshire

59. Shropshire – Ludlow – 1961

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Doris possibly visited Ludlow on the same trip as Wye and Monmouth Wye and Monmouth as it would have been a five hour journey else wise.

Here is the junction of the High Street and Broad Street. A policewoman (who immediately reminds me of Joyce Grenfell) stands in front of Bodenhams which is still there at time of writing. A Costa coffee house now occupies the shop in the background.

1961 Broad St Ludlow - Bodenhams
1961 Broad St Ludlow – Bodenhams

Standing next to Joyce and looking back down Broad Street would look like this. Valentines now looks to be a Holland & Barrett, but I did notice a ‘Valentine Walk’ signpost where the Triumph Herald is parked. The bracket for DeGrey’s Café survives, but the shop is now a Wildwood Deli. Unlike many pubs, the Angel (with the gorgeous bowed first floor windows) remains.

1961 Broad St Ludlow
1961 Broad St Ludlow

The first thing I noticed here was that the Boots illuminated sign was red. It is almost always blue and white now.  This is next to the Bull Ring Tavern and is now an Oxfam. Boots themselves relocated around the corner…

Ludlow 1961Bull Ring Ludlow
Ludlow 1961Bull Ring Ludlow

… a few doors up from The Feathers Hotel.

I do not like intrusive adverts on every page, thus I use adblock and uBlock origin. It would therefore be hypocritical if I set up Adsense. Bodenham’s Boots and the The Feathers can have this free advert on me.

Ludlow 1961Bull Ring Ludlow
Ludlow 1961Bull Ring Ludlow

Perhaps one day I’ll go through identifying the cars. Mini van, Morris Countryman, Hillman Minx (?)…

Another of Boots, this time also showing The Bull Ring Tavern.

Ludlow 1961Bull Ring Ludlow
Ludlow 1961Bull Ring Ludlow

Finally back to Bodenham’s. What’s gone and what’s still there. The brilliant roadsign to Leominster and the Museum information below is now either in a landfill or some cafe wall, WH Smiths have the two shops in the foreground and have either covered or ripped out the ground floor fronts. The first floor is simply blacked out which is a shame as I, for one, love to look down from that type of window. Wood’s is now an Illy, but I notice another Wood’s, where the phone kiosk was, is there now.

Ludlow 1961King Street Ludlow Bodenhams
Ludlow 1961King Street Ludlow Bodenhams

And Eric Barker appears to have joined Joyce Grenfell (to get the reference you will have to watch ‘Carry on Constable’).

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