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    Laura's Tower

    by MarvintheMartian Written Aug 14, 2004

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    Laura's Tower was built by Thomas Telford as part of the remodelling of the castle in the late 19th Century for the town's MP, Sir William Pulteney. Today it offers fantastic views in all directions and particularly over the Severn towards the Abbey, the Column and to the Wrekin and Haughmond Hill.

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    Shrewsbury Castle

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Aug 14, 2004

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    Shrewsbury Castle is half way up Castle Street and has excellent views over Shrewsbury and towards Wales.

    The oldest parts of the Castle were built between 1066 and 1074, during the reign of William the Conqueror. There were additions over several centuries. Later, in the late 18th century, Thomas Telford remodelled the interior as a private house. The Castle was acquired by the Corporation of Shrewsbury in 1924 through the generosity of Shropshire Horticultural Society.

    The Castle houses the spectacular collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust including pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.

    Costs about £2 for entry to the Castle, although it seems you can walk around the gardens and walls for free. Maybe I was just lucky?!

    Shrewsbury Castle
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    Darwin's Statue

    by MarvintheMartian Written Aug 14, 2004

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    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.

    There's a famous person outside this library!
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    The Flower Show (August)

    by MarvintheMartian Written Aug 14, 2004

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    The Shrewsbury Flower Show is one of the biggest of it's type of events in the country. It is also the oldest. The first show was held in July 1875. Now the show is held every year in August in the same location. The Quarry, just a couple minutes walk from the town centre.

    It's not just flowers either! There are events throughout the day including brass bands, choirs, childrens shows, horse jumping, motorbike displays and at the end of the day a grand firework display.

    For more information about the show, see the webpage linked below.

    I have also included photos from the 2004 show in my Shrewsbury travelogues.

    The Dingle - within the flower show area
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    English Bridge

    by Balam Written Dec 3, 2014

    The English bridge is the one that goes towards England and the Abbey. we had a good look around because an Otter had been seen shortly before we visited but we did not see one
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    Castle

    by alectrevor Updated Mar 30, 2012

    Near rail station . entrance off Castle Gates street through lovely gardens. There is Regimental museum on site.

    Shrewsbury Castle Entrance

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    Sculpture

    by alectrevor Written Mar 30, 2012

    The Quantum Leap is a new sculpture honouring Charles Darwin. Unveiled in 2009 on the river bank near the Welsh bridge.,opposite te Theatre.

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    GATEWAY HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jan 28, 2012

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    This lovely timber framed House, was the entrance to the Council House, residence of the President of the Council of the Marches of Wales.
    King Charles 1 stayed here in 1642, and James II in 1667.

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    The Old Lion Tap

    by uglyscot Updated May 18, 2008

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    The Old Lion Tap is a hostellery off the high street. This historic building was refurbished in 1990. This is a pub for young people of all ages with a lot of activity most evenings.,

    Barracks Passage and the Old Lion Tap,
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    St Mary's Parish Church

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 19, 2006

    This is one of the finest parish churches in the West Midlands. Its spire is the tallest in Shrewsbury.

    St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury The interior of St Mary's More of St Mary's
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    The Library

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 19, 2006

    The public Library once served as a school, known as Shrewsbury School. Here, Charles Darwin was educated, prior to his studies at Cambridge.

    The Shrewsbury Library, formerly a school The statue of Charles Darwin
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