St Julian's and St Alkmund's Churches, are located very close together, for some reason, medieval town's 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 live's 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’.
St Alkmund’s is the only remaining open Anglican Church in the historic heart of Shrewsbury.
Quite historic this Church is, as it is thought to be founded in the 10th century by Aethefleda, daughter of King Alfred.
Old St. Alkmund’s was demolished in the early 1790s, as people were worried it was going to collapse like St. Chad's Church! Only the tower and spire remain from that Church dating from 1475.
In the last ten years much repair work has been carried out in the church .
OPEN... 9.30am to 5.00pm.
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 what's on, local information, travel time tables, street maps, and have a look at the travel book's!
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
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 stone's from the old Church were used to build this Church.
It is a very distinctive style of Church, and no wonder, as it include's 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.
The inn was known first as the Fishes, then the Old Three Fishes and from 1838 to the present day as the Three Fishes.
This 16th century, half-timbered Inn looked gorgeous with all the flower boxes in bloom.
Would you believe, in this small street, there were a total of four Inn's!
I often wonder how name's are chosen and it seem's this one may be because fishmonger's trade was carried out in the street and the fish market was held there on certain days of the week up until 1869 when it was removed to the new market hall.
The Castle ground's, or Castle garden's as I would call them are beautiful, and well worth a walk around.
Shrewsbury couple's 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
This red brick old Castle that was built between 1066 and 1074, during the reign of William the Conqueror, is now the Shropshire Regimental Museum.
Inside the Shropshire Regimental Museum, is a collection of pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.
The displays include a brief history of the castle through the centuries.
SPRING OPENING HOURS
Monday 13th February 2012 to Friday 1st June 2012....
10.30am to 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
SUMMER OPENING HOURS
Saturday 2nd June 2012 to Sunday 9th September 2012
10.30 to 5pm....Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
10.30am to 4pm Sundays
AUTUMN OPENING HOURS
Monday 10th September 2012 to Saturday 22nd December 2012
10.30am to 4pm ...Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
ADMISSION TO MUSEUM IN 2012...adults: £2.50 Seniors: £1.50
Free to: under 18s, students, & members of the regiments
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's 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 Wale's was sold here.
As I mention in my main Shrewsbury page the town has an incredible 600 listed buildings so anyone interested in architecture should find something of note.
From the Victorian railway station to the Norman abbey stopping to admire some Georgian, Tudor and medieval buildings along the way the town simply brims over with treasures.
Here are just a few...but you can check them all out at www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk
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?
The Market Square is in the centre of Shrewsbury. The old Market building dates back to 1596. It originally served as a cloth market upstairs and a produce market on the ground level.
Recently the building has been transformed into an arts venue showcasing film and digital media.
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.
The river Severn gave Shrewsbury a natural protective ring, but it didn't fully encircle it. So at the neck of the river's meander, a great castle was built. Unfortunately not much of the castle has survived the centuries and sieges, and today much of the red sandstone castle is the result of early 20th century restorations.
The castle now houses a regimental museum.
The red Abbey is probably Shrewsbury's most famous landmark, although there's not much of the abbey left except for the red church. Henry VIII didn't leave much after the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and what was left had a road built through it when Thomas Telford brought the A5 to Shrewsbury.
A lot of the Abbey's fame comes from its use as the setting for the Cadfael mystery series. The fictional Brother Cadfael was a Welsh monk at Shrewsbury Abbey.
Snaking around the town like a comforting arm, the river Severn has been the lifeblood of the city for centuries. Dependent on the wool trade for its profit, this market town relied on the Severn to bring trade and profits to and from the centre of England. Today the Severn is less vital to the town, but still provides a glistening frame to photograph the town from as you criss-cross its many bridges.