SHREWSBURY CIVIC SOCIETY

SHREWSBURY TOWN TRAIL

(sponsored by Shrewsbury Civic Society)

The Town Trail booklet gives a potted history of the town from its early days as a Welsh tribal capital through to the foundation of the Abbey in 1083 and then on to the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403.

1645 brought the civil war to Shrewsbury with the Cavaliers and Prince Rupert in town and the Parliamentarians outside – eventually breaking in.

Later we have industrialisation taking place with William Hazledine’s foundry producing iron for bridges, including the Menai Bridge.

In 1809, Charles Darwin was born at The Mount in Shrewsbury and lived here for the first 26 years of his life. He was educated at Shrewsbury School which is now the library.

We have an award winning Market and even an example of Brutalist Architecture in what English Heritage has called “The finest Tudor town in England”

With so much history to cover, the Town Trail takes you on a historic walk of Shrewsbury. Each page gives details of the town’s wonderful buildings in a numbered guide amounting to 35 Pages of detailed history for £3.50.

It can be purchased in our shop at the Bear Steps Hall

(Scroll down for a map of the Town Trail) 

1 = Bear Steps Hall

2 = St. Alkmund’s Church

3 = Abbot’s House

4 = Kingston House

5 = Prince Rupert Hotel

6 = St. Mary’s Church

7 = Drapers’ Hall

8 = Yorkshire House Inn

9 = St. Mary’s Cottage

10 = Jacobean Town House

11 = Old County Gaol

12 = Library

13 = Castle

14 = Castle Gates House

15 = Council House Gatehouse

16 = Old Council House

17 = Adam Style House

18 = Perche’s Mansion

19 = Windsor House

20 = The Parade Shops

21 = Cromwell’s Hotel

22 = Former Guildhall

23 = Former Welsh Chapel

24 = Old House

25 = Ward’s Classical Facades

26 = Lion Hotel

27 = Henry Tudor House

28 = Mytton’s Mansion

29 = Nag’s Head Inn

30 = Sycamore House

31 = Old Liberal Club

32 = Old St. Chad’s

33 = Former Judge’s Lodgings

34 = St. Julian’s Church

35 = Old County Savings Bank

36 = Clive House

37 = Music Hall

38 = Old Market Hall

39 = Wolley’s House

40 = Former Plough Inn

41 = Owen’s Mansion

42 = Ireland’s Mansion

43 = Lloyd’s Bank

44 = Former Cross Keys Inn

45 = Rowley’s House

46 = Catholic Cathedral

47 = 13th Century Watchtower

48 = St. Chad’s Church

49 = County War Memorial

50 = Darwin’s House

51 = Glacial Erratic Boulder

52 = Darwin Gate

53 = Abbey

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