Shropshire

Ludlow town walls guided walks offered to public

A restoration project to repair medieval town walls in Shropshire is being opened up to the public later.

Dating back 800 years, sections of Ludlow's town walls have recently collapsed or become unstable.

A series of guided walks will show people the restoration of walls at Castle Square car park, which started in 2010 and cost about £400,000.

Project leader Colin Richards said there was a "duty" to protect them for future generations.

He said: "They've become such an important part of the town's history that they're in the top category of all protected monuments in the country. They're of international significance."

Part of Shropshire Council's Historic Environment team, Mr Richards said much of the damage dated back to Ludlow's expansion in the 18th Century, when soil was piled up against the ancient walls.

He added: "Each time there's a collapse, depending on how much goes down, there are six-figure sums involved."

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