A HISTORIC and prominent building in Ludlow could be set for a facelift that it is claimed will boost tourism and create jobs.

Castle Lodge, which sits outside Ludlow Castle and just off the Market Square, is about to get a makeover, if planning permission and listed building consent are granted.

For years, this grade II* building has been a rather curious museum of curiosities. With the main structure of the building dating back to Elizabethan times, it has been waiting for someone with deep pockets to invest in its future

Now, a group of entrepreneurs have come forward with plans for its future.

They plan a venue that is:

“Open to all. A great place to celebrate… or relax and sample everything the town has to offer. More than a hotel, also a tearoom, bar, family venue, lounge and an activity centre.”

According to the developers it will be more than just a hotel but somewhere in the town where people can relax and celebrate.

The building is also full of history.

It dates back to Tudor times and was used by Prince Arthur, the older brother of Henry VIII, and his wife Catherine of Aragon.

Prince Arthur, as the eldest son of Henry VII, was set to become King on the death of his father but died in Ludlow Castle, leaving the way clear for Henry VIII not only to become King but also to take Catherine as the first of his six wives and mother of the girl who became Queen Mary. The body of Prince Arthur was taken to Worcester for burial.

The scheme for Castle Lodge is that at quiet times people would be able to look around. It could also be a showcase for local businesses and also an addition to the tourist attractions of the town.

The developers say that they have had talks with both Historic England and Shropshire Council. They have said that where possible local tradespeople would be employed to do the work and there would also be a number of full and part-time jobs.