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    Statue – Clive of India

    by grayfo Written May 11, 2015

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    Major-General Robert Clive, also known as Clive of India was a soldier and statesman famously associated with British power in India. Upon his return to England he became the Member of Parliament for Shrewsbury from 1761 until his death in November 1774. The statue was erected as a memorial in 1860 and is made of bronze on a granite base, to a design by Baron Marochetti.

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    Church of St Julian

    by grayfo Written May 7, 2015

    Although the church was originally built on the foundations of a Saxon church, all that survives of the medieval Parish church of St. Julian's today is the tower that was built in two periods. The lower red sandstone part is probably early 13th Century, whilst the upper part 16th Century Perpendicular. The chancel was Early English, but like the rest was demolished. The church became redundant in 1976, and was eventually sold to a local businessman who converted the church into a Craft Centre. The tower itself were turned into living accommodation which required the removal of the bells that were rung for the last time in March 1980.

    Grade II Listed (January 1953)

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    River Severn

    by grayfo Written Apr 17, 2015

    The River Severn at 220 miles long is actually the longest river in the United Kingdom and was used as a key trading route, at Shrewsbury the river forms a loop around the town centre and offers a gentle riverside walk. The Rad Brook is a small tributary river that flows through the town and enters the River Severn there. The source of the Severn is at Plynlimon, Ceredigion near Llanidoes, Powes, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales. The river eventually discharges into the Bristol Channel which in turn discharges into the Irish Sea.

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    Old Market Hall

    by grayfo Written Apr 15, 2015

    The Old Market Hall (locally known as the "OMH") is a late Tudor (Elizabethan) building dating back to 1596; the property is now in the ownership of Shropshire Council. In 2004 the building underwent a £1.7 million restoration, having been previously restored in 1904. The Hall had two storeys: the large upper room was originally used by the Shrewsbury drapers or dealers in cloth to sell Welsh wool and the lower floor was used by farmers to sell their corn. The Hall was originally erected in less than four months and bears the Royal Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Since the refurbishment the Hall has become an arts venue and café, showcasing films and digital media

    In front of the Market Hall in the Square there was once a pool or bog. According to tradition this pool was called the Bishop's Pool and it would be the ducking pool for nagging wives and dishonest traders.

    Grade I Listed (January 1953) and Scheduled Monument

    Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm
    Sunday: Noon to 6:00 pm

    email info@oldmarkethall.co.uk

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    The English Bridge

    by grayfo Written Apr 8, 2015

    The English Bridge is a masonry arch viaduct that crosses the River Severn and is a 1926 rebuilding and widening of a John Gwynn's design that was completed in 1774. The current design lowered all the arches, converted the central one into a segmental arch, reduced the height of the roadway by 5 feet and widened the original by 27 feet to its current width of 50 feet. The bridge cost £86,000 to build and was formally opened in October 1927 by her highness Queen Mary.

    Grade II Listed (January 1953)

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    Church of St Alkmund

    by grayfo Written Mar 18, 2015

    St Alkmund’s Church stands at the highest point in the town of Shrewsbury and was founded in the year 900, in fact the church celebrated its 1100th anniversary in 2012. Saint Alkmund was a Prince of the royal house of the kingdom of Northumbria, and was born about 770. What can be seen of the church today is part mediaeval and part Georgian. The tower and spire (56 metres high) was built about 1475 and forms one of the five notable buildings that make the skyline of Shrewsbury so unforgettable.

    Grade II Listed (January 1953)

    Sunday to Saturday: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

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    IRELAND'S MANSION

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    Ireland's Mansion OR by 1700, Ireland's Folly as the local's called it !

    It was built in 1596, by wealthy wool merchant, Robert Ireland.
    This three storey building was originally three houses with bays and gables, making it a rather attractive building.
    It was constructed as a speculative attempt to rent out each component part for shops on the groundfloor, offices above and accommodation in the remaining area!
    I don't know if this ever happened, but I do know that the majority of wool from Wales was sold here.

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    SHREWSBURY CASTLE GARDEN'S

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    The Castle grounds or Castle gardes as I would call them, are beautiful and well worth a walk around.
    Shrewsbury couples are often married in the garden, and in Summer there is an outdoor Theatre held here.

    THE GARDEN'S ARE FREE TO VISIT

    OPEN...Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm and Sundays 10.30 - 4PM

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    ST. CHAD'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    Unfortunately, St. Chad's Church was being renovated and there was quite a mess surrounding it.
    Hopefully, it may be finished by the time you wish to visit!

    This is not the original St. Chad's Church, there was another in a different location that was from the 7th century which fell into disrepair and eventually in 1788, fell into one big pile of rubble!
    The St. Chad's of today is in the new position. The foundation stone was laid on St. Chad's Day in 1790, and stones from the old Church were used to build this Church.

    It is a very distinctive style of Church, and no wonder, as it includes Georgian, Ionic, Doric and Corinthian styles in its facade and interior. The central hall has a sweeping double staircase to the gallery and there is decoration on the ceiling of the nave.

    Important people.... Charles Darwin was baptised in St Chad’s Church.

    St Chad's is Shrewsbury's Civic church, where important ceremonies are held. These include Mayor-Making, the Remembrance and Battle of Britain Day services, and the King's Shropshire Light Infantry commemoration of Bligny Day.

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    SHREWSBURY LIBRARY

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    We found the Shrewsbury Library which came in handy for my husband.
    Lucky we were in England, at least he could read the paper and kill some time here.
    Here, you can find out whats on, local information, travel time tables, street maps, and have a look at the travel books.

    OPEN........
    Monday: 9.30am to 5pm
    Tuesday: 9.30am to 8pm
    Wednesday: 9.30am to 5pm
    Thursday: 9.30am to 8pm
    Friday: 9.30am to 5pm
    Saturday: 9am to 5pm
    Sunday: 1pm to 4pm

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    ST. JULIAN'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    St Julian's and St Alkmund's Churches, are located very close together, for some reason, medieval towns did this!
    St Julian's Church was here in Saxon days, appearing in the Domesday Book as The church of Saint Juliana. The present tower dates from the late Saxon period, 1195, and was extended in sandstone around 1485. The Church is no longer open, was sold to a parishioner Andrew Wright. He now lives in the Tower with his wife, and has opened a Craft Centre with Restaurant !

    In 1982 the building was used as a setting for Scrooge’s Corn Market in the Film ‘A Christmas Carol’.

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    BEAR STEP'S

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    I must admit, I do not know if the "Bear step's" are a short flight of historical steps opposite Grope Lane, or the buildings at the top in the garden, which is an Art gallery and Cafe with medieval shop front's.
    The "steps" are meant to be named after a pub called ‘The Bear’, which no longer exists.

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    THE HOLE IN THE WALL

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    This Inn is also on the site of where the old Gullet Inn once stood in 1527.
    It was interesting to read, that in 1630, this narrow building had its own indoor tennis court for "Real tennis" as played by Henry VIII.
    The inn was sold in 1788 and was closed by 1793.

    The Inn I saw, is from 1863 which is written on the building. It's been known by a few names, including Market or the Market Vaults, but to the locals it was also known as the Blood Tub.
    Yuk! That would be enough to put me off having a drink there, but why that name?
    Perhaps the colour and texture of the beer, or some local's thought that it was once a good place for a fight!

    The naming of the Inn is clever, as it was named this way because its location is in a confined space and because it was the local nickname for the inn.
    This Inn also had historical finds of clay pipes, pottery and a letter about the Black Death dated 1660.

    Did they unearth a Ghost?
    Lady Sarah makes after hour visits, smiling whilst walking through the pub before vanishing.
    Is she the daughter of a local 14th Century family who died under tragic circumstances?

    And, The Inn today is still going strong!

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    KINGSLAND BRIDGE MANSION'S

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    Built in the 19th century, this very appealing building was the old "Ear, Nose & Throat" Hospital. It's situated close to the beautiful River Severn and Kingsland Bridge. This lovely historic building is now Mansions that can be rented.

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    WYLE COP

    by balhannah Updated Mar 12, 2015

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    Wyle Cop is the name of another street to look at. This was a little different to the others, as there were quite a few Craft and Specialist shops, also a Chocolate shop!
    The Cornupia shop on the corner sold lot's of nice gift's.

    Along the way are some old Inn's like the Nag's Head situated in a very old timber-framed building, parts of which date back to1421. The top storey of the building hangs out over the second floor. .

    Gift Cornupia gift shop Gift
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