THERE will be a second print version of a book about the history of a neglected part of the town by a couple who have been interested in the history of the town for a long time.

Written by Jonathan and Rosemary Wood, The People and History of Lower Corve Street and St. Mary’s Lane, Ludlow, sold out within two weeks.

The authors, who live at the Old Merchant House in Lower Corve Street, were unable to finance a reprint, and it seemed that many people would be disappointed at not being able to buy a copy.

However, Ludlow Civic Society is sponsoring the cost of a second edition.

“We felt this book complemented the Society’s key objectives, to stimulate public interest in the town’s beauty, character and history, encourage civic pride in the area, and promote research in Ludlow’s built heritage,” said Civic Society chairman John Cartwright.

Ludlow’s recorded history begins in 1086, when its castle was built along the Welsh Marches to defend the border. Much has been written about this planned Norman town with royal connections and medieval, Tudor and Georgian buildings, but Ludlow’s northern, industrial quarter is not so well documented.

Jonathan and Rosemary Wood had the book The People and History of Lower Corve Street and St. Mary’s Lane, Ludlow in print by mid-November as a first edition.

It is a lavishly illustrated A4 hardback, and was £20, ordered in advance, and paid for when collected from The Merchant House in Lower Corve Street. Copies were also on sale in Castle Bookshop but sold out very quickly because of the level of interest.

The limited-edition reprint will be soft-backed and cost £25. It will be available in early April, and advance copies may be reserved by messaging or emailing Rosemary Wood or phoning 01584 875438.

The authors acknowledge the generous financial support of Ludlow Civic Society to make this second edition possible, and also thank Ludlow Town Guides for their assistance.