The county town of Shropshire is located within a loop of the River Severn defining the size and structure of Shrewsbury. The Normans originally settled in this area, and the settlement has successfully developed from that date.

After the Norman Conquest, Shropshire was given to Roger de Montgomery who later constructed the castle, and Abbey. The castle held a defensive position over the settlement, which protected Shrewsbury from many battles and disputes over the years. Shrewsbury survived the Civil War in a better condition to other Shropshire towns, such as Bridgnorth and Ludlow. Parts of the medieval town walls still remain illustrating the heritage of the town, and also, until recently, restricting development.

Shrewsbury is famous for the large number of churches constructed throughout the ages, including The Chad, All Saints, and the 12th century St Julian. The Holly Cross at Abbey Foregate holds many monuments of famous local people, including William James (1612) and William Charlton (1544). The cemetery on Longden Road has been continuously used since it’s original creation in 1856.

River Severn is an important means of access and transportation throughout the time of the settlement. During the Tudor period, Shrewsbury became involved in the wool trade, and the river was the only means of wool transportation to local and national areas. Today, it is used for boating, rowing and fishing. The development of the railway in the nineteenth century increased the transportation and communication links to national and international settlements.

The old timber framed buildings are still apparent in the centre of Shrewsbury with shops, pubs and restaurants displaying the timbers to illustrate the development of the building. The town contains small roads from its original plan before cars were invented; being two small to allow cars to pass they have been made into one way systems.

The Quarry was once a place where where local building stone was mined. Today, it is a popular landscaped public park sitting on the edge of the river. It is the location for summer music events, where famous musicians such as Elton John, Jools Holland, Will Young and Jessie J have preformed. Teenage Kicks is a great event for skating and music, the popular band Fight the Bear played in 2012.

There are many pubs in Shrewsbury where local live bands regularly play, for example The Old Post Office, The Bull and The Boathouse on the River Severn. The Old Post Office is a traditional, timber framed building with a fantastic atmosphere for the live music, and it serves good beer.

The most famous person connected to Shrewsbury is Charles Darwin. Charles Darwin was born in this town in 1809 before creating the theory of evolution. In 2009 the Quantum Leap sculpture was constructed to celebrate his bicentenary birthday.

The 1086 Domesday book records 151 houses within Shrewsbury.


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