For sale: Former home of Henry VIII’s first wife

The former home of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, is now up for sale.

The listed building, located in Ludlow, Shropshire, was built in the 13th Century and was later rebuilt in 1580. Catherine lived in the home with her first husband, Arthur, himself an heir to throne, who died in 1502. It was seven years later that she was wed to Henry VIII, a marriage that eventually ended with divorce and Henry separating England from the Roman Catholic Church.

Her Ludlow residence, known as Castle Lodge, is today regarded as “one of Ludlow’s finest buildings”, says estate agency Balfours, which has the listing.

The home sits next to the medieval castle on the corner of Castle Square and spans three storeys, the first two built of stone nad the third made of decorative black timber.

Indeed, timble panelling runs throughout the interior of the property, with the Grade II building also boasting fine 16th to 19th Century oak carvings, wall panels and doors, as well as stained glass and a pendant plaster ceiling. The late 18th Century railings outside are also listed.

The home is in a “peaceful location” overlooking the castle and historic market square, while the town itself is “surrounded by wonderful countryside for outdoor pursuits with excellent walking and riding as well as a selection of first class independent and state schools, high street shopping, bars and restaurants and an abundance of culture including food festivals and the internationally acclaimed Ludlow festival”.

“A bit weird, but interesting to see this upper class house of Tudor England. Lots of carpets from the east and near east,” wrote one review of the home on TripAdvisor.

“Jawdroppingly weird,” added another. “I knew it would be weird when the sign outside said ring the doorbell for admission along with the cost of £3.”

The property is listed for sale on Rightmove for an undisclosed sum, but the BBC reports that the property had a price tag of around £1 million five years ago.

Other notable residents of the property include Irene Skoric and Thomas Sechford, neither of whom were married to Henry VIII.

Photo: Balfours / Rightmove

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