Shrewsbury is a vibrant town with a long distinguished history.
First recorded in a Charter of 901, Shrewsbury developed as a market town aided by the natural defensive qualities of a large meander in the River Severn. Shrewsbury is the administrative centre for both Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough and Shropshire County (which does not include the Telford and Wrekin borough, which is now a unitary authority).
Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns, set amidst the glorious Shropshire countryside near to the Welsh Borders, with some of the best preserved Tudor and Jacobean streetscapes in England. The town has over 600 listed buildings including the former Benedictine Abbey and the sandstone Castle.
It was built on a hill and the river seven going loops around it. It was an obvious place to build a castle in lawless times, as the loop in the river and location above the surrounding area made it easy to defend. Shrewsbury Castle was built to defend it from invaders and since then it has always thrived.
Nowadays, it can also boast being thriving cultural centre with a new theatre at its heart. But it has always had museums, great architecture, art, film, theatre, food, music, literature and sculpture in it’s veins, and mush are these diversions enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
Shrewsbury is also renowned as a traditional independent school. It was founded in 1552 and has Charles Darwin amongst its famous ‘old boys’. Shrewsbury has been home to some great companies and was a manufacturing centre for both steam tractors, and more recently Rolls Royce engines.
Shrewsbury is in reality quite a small, medieval market town in that part of western England known as the Welsh Marches. Although most famous for being the birthplace of Charles Darwin, some of it’s characters of old who were connected with the real Shrewsbury Abbey, have been recreated in the fictional medieval sleuth – Brother Cadfael.
The Abbey remains a tourist attraction and visitors are welcome to tour the abbey but it is requested that you contact the abbey’s main office during business hours to set up the tour.
The town is well known for its connection to the English civil war and a famous battle which was fought just to the north of the town. Visitors can walk a footpath which crosses the site of the battle all those years ago. The path leads to Battlefield church where visitors can see five newly installed panels describing the five main players in the Battle of Shrewsbury. In addition newly commisioned display depicting the Battle of Shrewsbury is on display in the vestry.
Shrewsbury has many modern buildings including a large new shopping centre off the high street. However, much that is old still remains. Many old street names will surprise you, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane are just two of the bizarre alley and street-names you can find. Many corners of the town, back alleys and “shuts”, have changed little from the days of Elizabeth I.
One [Official Music Video]
From the album “…And Justice For All”
Director: Bill Pope and Michael Salomon
Filmed in December 1988 in Long Beach, CA
Video Premiere Date: January 22, 1989
© 1989 Metallica