The Architectural Heritage of Shrewsbury Part 2

This is the second post about the architecture of our county town. the photos for the posts were taken in late autumn.

Continuing our journey through the streets, alleys and pathways of Shrewsbury we move away from the station towards the river.

Firstly we go down a narrow steep road where these blue features against the beautiful red stonework of the old town walls caught my eye.

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Just to show that Shrewsbury’s architecture isn’t all about the past we next visit some 20th and 21st century buildings. The first picture shows the dreadful 70’s concrete monstrosity that is the town’s only multi-storey car park with a new building attached to its right. At its base is a row of bus-stops.

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When we have a close look at this new building we see that it is a hotel which is still to open. I prefer it to the 70’s building next to it, but we shall have to see how well it weathers.

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The reason that there are so few example of good modern architecture in our county town, is that so many residents are stuck in the past. Any proposals for modern architecture are strongly objected to by many. Below is a sad reflection of this where architects have tried to reflect the town’s medieval heritage. We just ended up with this mock half-timbered shopping centre.

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And now off to the riverside! The old centre of Shrewsbury is totally enclosed within a loop of the River Severn.

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Below is our wonderful new theatre and the new sculpture created to commemorate Charles Darwin.

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My favourite structure in this part of the town is this pedestrian suspension bridge. It is such a simple but elegant design and certainly invites you to walk over its gentle arching span. It sways as you walk across and the sway gets stronger the more people are crossing over.

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About greenbenchramblings

A retired primary school head teacher, I now spend much of my time gardening in our quarter acre plot in rural Shropshire south of Shrewsbury. I share my garden with Jude my wife a newly retired teacher , eight assorted chickens and a plethora of wildlife. Jude does all the heavy work as I have a damaged spine and right leg. We also garden on an allotment nearby. We are interested in all things related to gardens, green issues and wildlife.
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11 Responses to The Architectural Heritage of Shrewsbury Part 2

  1. Lovely place to live. A wonderful combination of the past and the present. The blue ironwork is great.

  2. Christy says:

    I love the old stonework! The bridge is beautiful, and from a distance the sculpture reminds me of a fish bone.

  3. Love that suspension bridge. Will need to visit Shrewsbury obviously. I put it on my list.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    The photo of golden leaves against the blue water is terrific! Darwin Day is coming up Feb 12.

  5. Looking at these photo’s brings back some great memories of my youth spent working at P.G.L. Adventure Park. The Darwin Centre was a great place to buy tie-dye throw sheets !!

  6. dianajhale says:

    A lot of changes since I was there! Some good some, not so good I guess.

    • So true. We have some beautiful buildings but a few disasters, especially dating from the 60’s and 70’s when the planners seemed to have lost their way.

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