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

Tuesday 1st November 2016 - On the Trail of the Mortimers
An extended lecture by Philip Hume as part of the Ludlow Tuesday Lecture Series
10.00 - 12.00 Ludlow Assembly Rooms £4

MHS Schools Local History Experience Day

On 9th June 2016 classes from eight local primary schools went to Ludlow Castle for a day of historical experience. This was the highlight of a programme of local history organised by the Mortimer History Society. The groups rotated around six different locations where they met a variety of "medieval" people who introduced them to a wide range of subjects relating to life in the Middle Ages and gave them the opportunity to learn some dances that were popular at the time. During the lunch break, a mounted knight arrived demanding the release of Sir Hugh Mortimer who had been imprisoned in the castle.

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The publication by Logaston Press of On the Trail of the Mortimers has been a major event in the development of our Society. It is 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. Following the launch of the book in May, Philip has started an extensive tour of lectures and field visits throughout the region. The interest being generated in the Mortimers is way beyond our expectations. The book is selling extremely well and, encouraged also by Philip's lectures and visits, we are seeing an upsurge in applications for membership of the Society. For more information about the book click here

A Recent Mortimer Trail Field Trip

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                                        The group at Aston Tump                                    The 12th century tympanum
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On 16th July, 23 people enjoyed a field trip to explore some of the locations featured in 'On the Trail of the Mortimers'. The group met at Richard's Castle Village Hall and Philip Hume gave a short introductory talk that highlighted the importance of the Mortimer family and the wealth of Mortimer-related sites still existing in the local area. Philip then took the group on a tour of some of the less well-known places. These included:  
1 the castle and medieval church at Richard's Castle; this is one of the oldest castles in the country - one of only 4 built before 1066;
the fascinating church of St George's, Orleton, which contains examples of the work of the Herefordshire School of Renaissance Sculptors and also intriguing stone-carved heads dating from the early 1330s;
3 the motte and bailey castle at Shobdon, the Shobdon Arches, and the extravagance of the rococo church;
4 the day finished at Pipe Aston where the group were captivated by the enchanting small church of St Giles with its amazing tympanum and beautiful medieval floral decoration and then visited the site of the motte and bailey castle - the Aston Tump - which stands as a symbol of the violence and feuding of the anarchy of the mid 12th century in this now peaceful area.


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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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
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