LUDLOW Civic Society will present an illustrated talk on Victorian Ludlow.

Rory Chase, past chair of The Conservation Trust for St Laurence Church, will examine the development of Ludlow during the late Victorian period focusing on one of its eminent citizens, the Reverend Edward Clayton, Rector of St Laurence church from 1867 to 1907.

He raised millions of pounds for Ludlow charities and led Ludlow Grammar School, Ludlow Charity, and the Cottage Hospital. The Rev Clayton also was a great builder, overseeing the restoration of St Laurence’s tower, and construction of three Ludlow churches.

Including photos and pictures from the period, the talk illustrates the changing nature of south Shropshire life focusing on working class poverty, education and temperance.

It is on Wednesday, March 30 at 4pm at Ludlow Methodist Church. Tickets are available at the door. Ludlow Civic Members: free; Non-members: £5.00.