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Town with Nicholas Crane - Ludlow

Updated Tuesday 21st August 2012

The new series of Town with Nicholas Crane starts by looking at the small English market town of Ludlow. 

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We live in one of the most urbanised countries on earth. By 2030 a staggering 92 percent of us will be living the urban life. Congested cities sprawl across our map, but they are not the only way to live. Smaller than a city, more intimate, more surprising: this series celebrates the forgotten world of the town.

An English market town on the Welsh border, Ludlow is small, landlocked and remote. Yet it has more listed buildings than anywhere else its size in Britain; not one, but two Michelin-starred restaurants; and a fairytale castle which was once the capital of Wales.

Geographer and adventurer Nicholas Crane discovers how such a cut-off town came to be packed with so many treasures, and asks whether it really is as perfect as it first appears.

Town With Nicholas Crane: Ludlow was first shown on BBC Two, 28th July, 2011. It has subsequently been repeated on the Blighty channel.


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