Who were the Mortimers?

Warlike, ambitious and powerful, the Mortimers bestrode the medieval stage. Inextricably linked with the great events of their time, their story is the tale of a turbulent England racked with dissension, rebellion and open warfare at home and abroad. To read more about this amazing family click here

Forthcoming Events

Thursday 16th June 2016 - THE MORTIMER HISTORY SOCIETY SUMMER LECTURE
The Mortimers and the English Crown in the 14th and early 15th Centuries

Professor Chris Given-Wilson - University of St Andrews
Prof. Given-Wilson is a leading authority on English late medieval social and political history.
In the Beacon Room, Ludlow Castle. Members £5, non-members £6.50. 
7.00 Refreshments, bookstall and meet the speaker
7.30 Talk
For more details and online booking click here

Saturday 25th June 2016 - The Stained Glass of St Laurence's, Ludlow
A whole-day conference organised by the Ludlow Palmers with help from York Glaziers Trust. Tickets are £50 but members of MHS can book for the reduced price of £45. For online booking go to ludlowglass.eventbrite.co.uk and choose the 'Mortimer History Society' option. Or you can book by sending a cheque made out to 'CTSLL' to The Ludlow Palmers, 2 College Street, Ludlow SY8 1AN giving your contact details and mentioning MHS. For more details Click here

Saturday 16th July 2016 - Tour - On the Trail of the Mortimers 
Following the recent publication of his book "On the Trail of the Mortimers", Philip Hume will lead a tour of several Mortimer sites in North Herefordshire probably including Richard's Castle, Orleton, Kingsland, Pembridge, Shobdon and Pipe Aston. 
10.00 Meet at Richard's Castle Village Hall (on the B4361, 4 miles south of Ludlow) for coffee
10.20 Illustrated talk by Philip Hume and discussion
11.20 Self-drive tour (car sharing where possible) led by Philip - bring your own lunch
4.00  Return to Richard's Castle Village Hall
Tickets: members £2.50, non-members £3.00
Feel free to turn up on the day, but Philip would welcome an idea of numbers, so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you plan to come.

A HISTORY TRAIL FOR MORTIMER COUNTRY

Work to develop the Mortimer History Trail and local community involvement has progressed rapidly over the last few months. There are two particular highlights: first, Logaston Press has agreed to publish the trail as a booklet of 60-70 pages which will interweave the history of the Mortimer family with the locations, buildings and artefacts that provide a touchstone and connection to their exciting history. The trail will include quizzes and I-Spy trails to engage children and families. If all goes well the booklet is due to be published at Easter 2016 with an official launch event in the summer; secondly, a number (7-12) of local primary schools are committed to developing curriculum content on the Mortimers for their local history studies, which means that 200+ children (and their parents and families) each year will find out more about the Mortimers and engage with the Trail.

For more information please use this link to access an article on the Trail, or contact Philip Hume by choosing the 'Mortimer History Trail' option on the 'Contact Us' page.

2015 CONFERENCE - LAW & ORDER IN EARLY MEDIEVAL ENGLAND - THE ROAD TO MAGNA CARTA

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From left to right: Derwin Bennett ("The Royal Executioner"), Prof. David Carpenter, Dr Paul Dryburgh, Dr Ian Mortimer, Elizabeth Chadwick, Dr Matthew Stevens, Prof. Daniel Power & MHS Chairman Jason O'Keefe.
For details of the conference click here