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    DARWIN GATE

    by balhannah Written Jan 28, 2012

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    The Darwin Gate, is a sculpture made of cast glass, copper, bronze, stainless steel and stone and is made up of three columns surmounted by metal sculptures.
    The design of the sculpture combines the form of a Saxon helmet with a Norman window and was inspired by features of St Mary's Church which was attended by Charles Darwin as a boy.

    I was lucky that a local told me to view the sculpture from a certain direction, as then it appears as a single solid structure.

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    MARKET SQUARE

    by balhannah Written Jan 28, 2012

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    The Market Square, and as you would expect, this is where the Market's are held.

    On the 2nd Saturday of the month, Art's, Craft's and food is for sale.
    Shrewsbury Farmers Market, is when you can buy quality local food and drink, this is usually held the 1st Friday of the month.
    Outdoor entertainment is often held in the square, and in September, the International Street Festival is held here, and the Cartoon festival in Spring.

    If you see the statue, and notice the name Clive, and wonder who on earth he is, well, it is Clive of India. Clive of India was Shrewsbury's MP and mayor in the 1700s.

    In the middle of The Square is the Old Market Hall built in 1596 for the Drapers Guild, built to show the wealth and confidence of Tudor Shrewsbury.

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    THE ABBOT'S HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jan 28, 2012

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    Abbot's House

    The Abbot's House was built in 1458 by Lilleshall Abbey, is another beautiful black & white building.

    Funny thing is, this house was not built specifically for the Abbot as the name surgests, but the building was originally shops fronting the road with private chambers above.
    The rent collected from the shopkeepers raised income for the abbey.

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    KINGSLAND BRIDGE MANSION'S

    by balhannah Written Jan 28, 2012

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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 Mansion's that can be rented.

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    ST. JULIAN'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 28, 2012

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    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’.

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    ST. ALKMUND'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    St. Alkmund

    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.

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    SHREWSBURY LIBRARY

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Shrewsbury Library

    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!

    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. CHAD'S CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

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    St. Chad's

    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.

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    THREE FISHES INN

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

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    Three fishes inn

    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.

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    SHREWSBURY CASTLE GARDEN'S

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

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    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

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    SHREWSBURY CASTLE / REGIMENTAL MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

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    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.
    WINTER CLOSED

    ADMISSION TO MUSEUM IN 2012...adults: £2.50 Seniors: £1.50
    Free to: under 18s, students, & members of the regiments

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    IRELAND'S MANSION

    by balhannah Written Jan 27, 2012

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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'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.

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    Shrewsbury's listed buildings

    by Andrew_W_K Written Apr 11, 2011

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    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

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    Charles Darwin was born here

    by christine.j Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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?

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    The Market Square

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Market Square

    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.

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