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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday 9th February 2016 - Medieval new towns of the Welsh March and their surprising context
A talk by Peter Cornah in the Tuesday lecture series at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. 10.00 - 12.00 (non-subscribers £4)

Tuesday 23rd February 2016 - The Palmers' Guild of Ludlow
A talk by Hugh Wood in the Tuesday lecture series at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms. 10.00 - 12.00 (non-subscribers £4)

Saturday 12th March 2016 - MHS AGM and Visit to Cleobury Mortimer and Kinlet
Venue - Cleobury Country Centre, Love Lane, Cleobury Mortimer DY14 8PE (Tel: 01299 272300)
10.00 Arrival - tea/coffee
10.30 Business Meeting
11.30 Talk by Robert Hodge, Chairman of Cleobury Mortimer & District History Society www.cleoburymortimerhistory.co.uk followed by a guided tour of Cleobury Mortimer.
13.00 Time for lunch in Cleobury Mortimer and the opportunity to visit Kinlet Church.

Tuesday 12th April 2016 - The Medieval Wood Carvings in St Laurence's, Ludlow
A half-day conference in St Laurence's church, organised by the Ludlow Palmers. The misericords include a carving of the 'falcon and fetterlock' badge of Richard, Duke of York (d1460) who was the heir of Edmund Mortimer 5th earl of March (d1425). The beautifully carved ceiling includes the white lion of March, the badge of the Mortimers perpetuated in the arms of Ludlow. Starts at 10.00. Tickets £5. Pay on the door. For more details on the talks and speakers Click here

Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th April 2016 - The Castles of the Hereford and South Shropshire Marches: the Annual Conference of the Castles Studies Group. Click here for more details

Saturday 14th May 2016 - MHS Spring Conference
at Hereford Academy, Marlbrook Road, Hereford HR2 7NG
Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Peter Coss of Cardiff University on Life in the Gentry Medieval House c1280-c1350
Professor David Crouch of Hull University - subject to be confirmed
Tim Hoverd, Archaelogical Projects Officer for Herefordshire on Deerparks

Sunday 15th May 2016 - Moccas Deerpark
Following his talk at the conference, Tim Hoverd will lead a visit to Moccas Deerpark close to the River Wye, north west of Hereford.

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


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.



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