THE tower of St Laurence's Church dominates the Ludlow skyline, but whilst many residents admire its splendour, not everyone knows its history or has really looked at its stunning architecture, monuments, stained glass and carvings.

A number of 'group guided tours' are currently being planned. Most tours will be created exclusively for a particular organisation or society, but a general tour takes place on Thursday, November 1.

Led by one or more of St Laurence's experienced guides, the event begins at 10.30am with coffee and cake.

The tour includes the 14th century Porch, the North Aisle, Nave, St John's Chapel, Chancel, Lady Chapel and the South Aisle.

It costs £16 per person, to include refreshments and a two-course lunch.

"We will be contacting history, art and architectural groups throughout the country, inviting them to visit Ludlow and enjoy a tour of St Laurence's, also known as 'the Cathedral of the Marches'", said Rosemary Wood, a member of the Church Tours' Group.

"In 1764, through the generosity of the Earl of Powys, John Snetzler, a Swiss organ builder living in London, completed what still remains one of the finest parish church organs in the country. The Snetzler organ attracts enthusiasts from all over the world, and tours can be arranged to include a recital or demonstration".

To book places on the November 1 tour, send a cheque payable to Ludlow PCC - Tours to Rosemary Wood, Church Tours, The Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow, No 2 College Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AN. Bookings should be made no later than Thursday, October 18.

For further information regarding the creation of a 'bespoke' tour, contact Rosemary on 0752 6050 119; phone the Church Office on 01584 872073 or email

Tours can be stand-alone, or include coffee and cake; a buffet or two course-lunch; or a full afternoon tea.

Highlights could be the Church's magnificent stained glass, misericords, heraldry, monuments, its history, architecture or any other specific aspect of this magnificent building.