Stone Carving


Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May

St Laurence's Church Green, Ludlow

A fundraising event to contribute to the £27,000 urgently needed to conserve the stonework and many important monuments in St Laurence's.

Dame Mary Ure, one of the monuments in need of restoration

Stone masons working on cathedrals and ancient buildings throughout the country are being invited to come to Ludlow this May to demonstrate their skills. Visitors will have the opportunity of watching the masons at work, and bidding for the completed carvings at an auction on Sunday afternoon. The Trust is indebted to Grinshill Stone Quarry at Shrewsbury, which, as a major sponsor of the Festival, is donating the stone for the masons to work on.

The Festival takes place on the Green behind the church, and will include demonstrations of brick making, using local clay, stained glass restoration, and other traditional craft skills. One of the marquees will be devoted to activities for children, and another will house an exhibition describing the history of St Laurence's Paved Garden and the culinary, medicinal and mythical importance of plants in the Middle Ages.

On Saturday morning, the church will host a series of illustrated talks, and the afternoon's programme includes walks through Ludlow, guided tours of St Laurence's, and the chance to enjoy a stunning floral display in the church.

Sunday sees the conclusion of the Stone Carving Festival, and the Ludlow Town Mayor's Service in St Laurence's Church.

There will be food, music and entertainment throughout the weekend, and the Conservation Trust hopes to attract visitors from the surrounding counties as well as local residents and supporters.

Who will be there?

More information especially for stone carvers

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