Shrewsbury, in Shropshire, is a quintessential medieval market town, steeped in history you can’t turn a corner without stumbling over a listed building, there are 660! The town also boasts a few famous sons and daughters, Charles Darwin was born here and the town is justly proud, statues, plaques and even the shopping centre commemorate him. Ellis Peters (real name Edith Pargeter) wrote the Brother Cadfael mysteries, made into a successful television series in the 1990’s. The character of Cadfael is a Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey. Blue Peter gardener Percy Thrower became Shrewsbury’s Parks Superintendent in 1946, at the age of just 32 staying until he retired in 1974.
Lady Tiger Lilly and I spent a couple of days exploring the area and found it utterly charming. Our riverside hotel was a short walk from the town centre and we happily meandered around the ancient streets, admiring the beautiful buildings, the design and style of which, chart the town’s long history.
The choice of shops was staggering, all the usual chains, plus so many independent shops catering to every conceivable need or want, we were spoilt for choice. I’ll admit we might have treated ourseleves.
We visited the castle, originally built by Roger de Montgomery in 1070; it’s now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust and houses a display of all things military from the 18th Century to the present day. It’s well worth a visit. The views from the gardens are stunning.
Bars and restaurants are numerous and lively, if you go hungry here it’s entirely your own fault.
- Lady Sky