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

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

Wednesday 22nd June 2016 - On the Trail of the Mortimers
7.30 at the church of St Michael and all Angels, Kingsland, Herefordshire
An illustrated talk bt Philip Hume that interweaves the history of the Mortimers of Wigmore with Kingsland and other locations that connect us to their lives. Light refreshments and bar. Tickets £5 from Kingsland Post Office or telephone 01568 709579

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 her

Thursday 30th June 2016 - On the Trail of the Mortimers
7.30 at the church of St Mary, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire. An illustrated talk by Philip Hume.
Organised by the Cleobury Mortimer & District History Society. Free admission (donations requested). 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.

Thursday 11th August 2016 - Evening Lecture
Prince Arthur: Ludlow, the Marches and the training of the first Tudor Prince of Wales 
Dr Sean Cunningham of The National Archives
This event has been organised by MHS and is being put on in association with the Ludlow Palmers and the Ludlow Historical Research Group. 
7.00 for 7.30 in St Laurence's church, Ludlow. Refreshments from 7.00.
Tickets £6.50 (or £5 for members of any of the three sponsoring groups). Pay on the door.


We are proud to announce the publication by Logaston Press of On the Trail of the Mortimers a guide to 17 sites with strong Mortimer connections in North Herefordshire, South Shropshire and Eastern Wales. Written by our Secretary, Philip Hume, it links each of the sites to the fascinating history of the family. The book was launched on 12th May in Ludlow Library and is already selling well. For full information please use this link

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                                                                    MHS President John Challis with Philip Hume
                                                                         and Andy Johnson of Logaston Press


Detailed reports on the conference will be included in the next newsletter sent to all members and will then be available on this website for members to access.

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Prof. David Crouch speaking on the                        Dr Emma Cavell speaking about                   Tim Hoverd gave a fascinating talk
the tourneying society of the Middle Ages          Intelligence and Intrigue in the Marches                  on Herefordshire deer parks

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          Dance in the time of the Mortimers led by                                                                    Stanton's Bookstall
                       Passamezzo Early Dance

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