Civic Societies have a formal role as community watchdogs commenting on planning applications for new buildings and developments and guarding against unsympathetic changes to conservation areas and historic buildings

Shrewsbury Civic Society aims to involve people of different ages and all backgrounds, to undertake practical projects as well as campaigning for a better urban environment.

The Shrewsbury Civic Society established in 1963 brings together many individuals and over 40 corporate members interested in the town and its future development.


The Society seeks to:

•    provide a forum for studying and discussing issues affecting the town’s development, -including its buildings, roads, transport and leisure facilities.

•    monitor applications and make constructive contributions to issues that affect the town’s development.

•    provide educational resources and information to encourage interest in the town’s heritage.

•    encourage the restoration and preservation of threatened buildings and encourage high standards in new
buildings – alongside our historical stock.


Since we were founded we have:

•    restored Bear Steps (now a successful art gallery, meeting room and the headquarters of the Civic Society).

•    made biennial awards and commendations for new buildings and restorations.

•    helped restore the 16th Century Fellmonger’s Hall.

•    organised and fund Heritage Open Days every September.

•     published the Shrewsbury Town Trail.

•    worked in partnership with English heritage to open the Ditherington Flaxmill to the public.

•    carried out the hoardings survey within the conservation area, which has since been adopted and implemented by SABC.

•    produced a West End Regeneration Planning Brief, 90% of which has been adopted by the Council.

•    carried out Article Four surveys for conservation area appraisals.

•    co-organised the International Cartoon Festival every April.

•     produced the Thomas Telford touring exhibition.

•    campaigned for the retention of the Stew and Maltings, Frankwell.


Shrewsbury’s origins date back to pre-Norman times when the early settlement already had five churches. The first written evidence dates from a Charter of 901 and a few years later Scrobbesbyring became a fortified town or burg under Elthefreda, King Alfred’s daughter.

Shrewsbury owes much of its character and charm to its position on hilly land within the great loop of the River Severn, almost turning the ancient town centre into an island. In spite of the many changes and developments over the centuries, Shrewsbury retains an impressive skyline of spires and towers; an amazing range of narrow winding streets and passages and many fine buildings dating from mediaeval, Elizabethan and Georgian times.

The Town is fortunate in having the tree lined avenues and parkland in the Quarry as well as the Rea Brook Valley bringing attractive open spaces right into the town.

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