There is an endless debate in Shrewsbury on how it's prounounced... There are two schools' of thought, SHROWS-BURY and SHRUWS-BURY. Neither are right, neither are wrong. It would perhaps be a bit harsh to say the posh say the former the less posh say the latter, but umm, they do. Just to say, there's no definative answer, so if you ask and someone gives you one claiming that DEFINATELY how you say it, take it with a pich of salt.
The picture below is of the public library in Shrewbury. The statue outside the library is of Charles Darwin, born in Shrewsbury. More information follows:
Charles Robert Darwin 1809 - 1882
Without question Shrewsbury's most famous son and official 'Great Briton'.
Darwin was born in The Mount in the Frankwell area of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on February 12th 1809 and was the grandson of Erasmus Darwin (the English scientist and poet - considered one of the foremost physicians of his day).
Darwin spent the early years of his life in Shrewsbury and he was educated at Shrewsbury School under his tutor Samuel Butler. Today the original Shrewsbury School houses the town library, outside of which is a statue of Darwin who looks down benignly over his town as it develops and adapts. After all, these changes are merely further examples of evolution at work.
In 1825 he went on to Edinburgh University to prepare himself to enter the medical profession. However, he decided he was unfit to follow a medical career, in 1828 he went to Christ's College, Cambridge with the idea he would become a clergyman.
From the December of 1831 at the age of 22, to the October of 1836 Darwin made his famous journey in H.M.S. Beagle as the naturalist for the surveying expedition which visited Cape Verde and other Atlantic islands, the South American coasts and the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, Keeling Island, the Maldives, Mauritius, St Helena, Ascension and Brazil.
The voyage acted as the preparation for his life's work, his observations between the relationships of geographically separated animals (animals on the islands and contiguous mainland) and time-separated animals (those living and extinct animals).
Darwin's theory changed the way we look at the world and evolution, he was one of the foremost thinkers of his generation and the legacy of his work has withstood over a century of debate and criticism.
Charles Darwin was born here
Shrewsbury is very proud of its famous son, Charles Darwin. There is huge statue of him outside the library, a Darwin Society exists and the town holds a Darwin festival.
Isn't it interesting that someone who has lived for almost the whole 19th century and whose ideas had been firmly accepted, that this man and his work are now being discussed extremely passionately again?
Roger de Montgomery built this castle in 1074, just after the Norman conquest. Most of it was destroyed under King Edward I, during his campaigns in Wales. Later, it was rebuilt. During the English Civil War, it was captured by the Parliamentarian army. But during the Restoration of the monarchy, it was returned to the Crown. During Victorian times, it was remodelled by Thomas Telford.
Today, it houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum. It has a fine collection of military equipment, uniforms, and memorabilia.
The distinctive round shape of St. Chad's is a well recognised landmark in Shropshire, and has been for centuries. It sits above the beautiful Dingle, the gardens coverted from an old quarry. It's two claims to fame are being the place of baptism for Shrewsbury's most famous son, Charles Darwin, and possessing the gravestone used in George C. Scott's Ebenezer Scrooge movie.