Benjamin Brecknell Turner
'Ludlow Castle, Causeway and Entrance'
Albumen print from paper negative
Museum no. PH.29-1982
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
As one contemporary guide book pointed out, Ludlow Castle was a site which showed, '… a full union of those features in rural scenery which constitute picturesque'. It was tailor-made for the photographer. The guide went on to praise the ruin's features: '… the bold masses of light and shade produced by deep retiring breaks; the rich tints and stains of age; the luxurious mantling of ivy and the sullen stillness that now reigns throughout these forlorn and deserted towers… the effect of the whole is calculated at once to awaken the enthusiasm of fancy and to diffuse the calm of contemplation.'