Ludford

LUDFORD, a parish, in the parliamentary borough and poor-law union of Ludlow, partly in the hundred of Wolphy, county of Hereford, but chiefly in that of Munslow, S. division of Salop; containing 300 inhabitants. The parish comprises about 1700 acres, of which 536 are in Herefordshire: the river Teme, which is crossed by an ancient bridge, forms the boundary line between the two counties, and separates the parish from Ludlow. Greywacke stone is quarried. The monastery of St. John, belonging to the abbey of Gloucester, stood on the site, and forms part, of the present Ludford House. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of Francis Charlton, Esq.; net income, £105. The church is supposed to have been built in the reign of Henry I.; it contains numerous monuments to the Charlton family. An hospital for six persons was founded in 1672, by Sir Job Charlton, who endowed it with lands now let for £63 per annum; it was incorporated, and had a common seal, but the distinction has long ceased to exist. During the Protectorate, Fox, the parliamentary general, seized the estate of Ludford Park, and resided at the mansion.—See Ludlow.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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