Castle Lodge

Brief History

Castle Lodge is a medieval Tudor and Elizabethan architectural transition period house in Ludlow, Shropshire. Situated close to Ludlow Castle.

Castle Lodge was used to shoot scenes in the 1965 film version of Moll Flanders.

The Lodge has some of the largest collection of oak paneling in England, and dates from the early 13th century, rebuilt in 1580. In Tudor times it was the home of Elizabeth I's Master of Requests and was once used as a prison.

Castle Lodge along with Ludlow Castle, is famous for being the residence of Catherine of Aragon whilst she was married to Prince Arthur. Prince Arthur was sent to Ludlow Castle on the borders of Wales to preside over the Council of Wales and the Marches, as was his duty as Prince of Wales, and his bride accompanied him.

The couple stayed at Castle Lodge, Ludlow.

A few months later, they both became ill, possibly with the sweating sickness which was sweeping the area. Arthur died on 2 April 1502; Catherine recovered to find herself a widow.

She later re-married Arthur's younger brother Henry, who became King Henry VIII.

Catherine spent many happy years in Ludlow, so many says she still visits her former home.


Ghosts Visitors at Castle Lodge have reported the apparition of a 15 to 16 year old girl seemingly wearing Tudor costume who likes to walk the attic corridors as well as visit the nursery room.

Cold draughts and the feeling of being watched have also been reported.

Previous owners say that one adult male visitor was visiting the attic rooms which are open to the public, and came rushing downstairs trembling saying he had just seen a young woman approach him and then disappear through a closed door. The spirit is believed to be that of Catherine of Aragon who has returned to the Castle Lodge to where she was once happy