The Merchant House B&B Ludlow

History

The river could be used with dyers

Lower Corve Street in which The Merchant House is located was the centre of Ludlow's dyeing and tanning industries from the medieval period until the 19th century.

It will come as no surprise to find that from the 1480s, the house was occupied by a succession of dyers, woollen cloth being the source of Ludlow's prosperity during the Middle Ages.

Six centuries later, from 1994 until 2005 and under the direction of its previous owner, master chef Shaun Hill, The Merchant House - a Grade II Listed building - was the town's first world-famous Michelin-starred restaurant. It has accordingly made a contribution to Ludlow's recent history as well as its colourful past.

River near the Ludlow B and B

Centuries ago, the medieval owners of The Merchant House relied on the River Corve for their industry and prosperity: today it is home to ducks, kingfishers, dragonflies and wagtails. Why not relax in our riverside town garden, look at the sheep grazing in the adjacent water-meadow, and take time just watching the river flow to join the Teme - 'Severn's wild, sweet daughter...'