However, the majority of the town's pupils attend one of the seven comprehensive schools. … The town is home to the 'longest running flower show in the world'. [150], There are some very old public houses, which have been continuously open, such as the Golden Cross in Princess Street, the Dun Cow in Abbey Foregate, and the King's Head in Mardol. A plan to redevelop Riverside and integrate a new development with the Darwin and Pride Hill centres was granted planning permission in April 2012. TOWN OF SHREWSBURY SELECTBOARD MEETING AGENDA Wednesday March 6th, 2019 Organizational Meeting AGENDA MAY BE MODIFIED AT THE MEETING 7:00 PM Call to Order & Administration of Oaths – 7:10 PM Selection of … [113], Many community projects in Shrewsbury are based in, or have been started by local churches, including the Isaiah 58 project, which is the primary work amongst homeless people in the town, whilst 'Churches Together in Shrewsbury' works to help homeless people through the Ark project. [166] The town's other long-established boys' preparatory school, Kingsland Grange (on Old Roman Road in Kingsland), in 2007 merged with the junior department of Shrewsbury Girls' High School, sharing the two sites with some classes remaining all-boys or all-girls, but others switching to a co-ed format.[167]. [42] The damage caused was estimated to be in the region of £250,000 and many irreplaceable artefacts were lost. The A488 begins just west of the town centre in Frankwell and heads out to Bishop's Castle, Clun and Knighton crossing the border in the southwest of Shropshire. [85] In 1900 there were eight breweries in the town, chief among them being Southam's and Trouncer's, which also had their own maltings and owned many local public houses, as well as five other maltsters,[86] but the conventional brewing industry gradually closed after takeovers in the 1960s, and the last maltings, at Ditherington, in 1986. However, in this period the town's most prolific literary figure and famous son was born – Charles Darwin. [43], From the late 1990s, the town experienced severe flooding problems from the Severn and Rea Brook. Subsequently, in 1992, a 17-mile (27 km) dual carriageway was completed at a cost of £79 million to the south of the town and was made to form part of the A5 route. High the vanes of Shrewsbury gleam [190], Shrewsbury has no twin towns. [15][16], Shrewsbury's known history commences in the Early Middle Ages, having been founded c. 800 AD. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . [145] Since 2017, Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival has been held over the third weekend of July in multiple venues across town & featuring acts previewing material prior to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [147], Theatre Severn is the town's main performing arts complex, it is situated in Frankwell next to the Welsh Bridge on the bank of the River Severn. [18], In the period directly after Napoleon's surrender after Waterloo (18 June 1815), the town's own 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment of Foot was sent to guard him in his exile on St Helena. In terms of social and economic deprivation, according to the Overall Index of Multiple Deprivation of 2004, one Super Output Area (SOA) in the town is in the bottom 15% of all areas nationally. Lock became internationally recognised as a high scoring fighter ace of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War with 26 victories before his death in combat at the age of 21. The River Severn separates the western, southern and eastern suburbs from the town centre and northern suburbs. After Thomas Mytton captured Shrewsbury in February 1645; in following with the ordnance of no quarter; a dozen Irish prisoners were selected to be killed after picking lots. A locket containing a lock of the emperor's hair (presented to an officer of the 53rd) remains to this day in the collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum at Shrewsbury Castle. Other actors with associations with the town include Nick Hancock, presenter of They Think It's All Over, who, like Palin, was educated at Shrewsbury School. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. [97] Another notable feature of the town is Lord Hill's Column, the largest free-standing Doric column in the world.[98]. [29][30] This prompted Prince Rupert to respond by executing Parliamentarian prisoners in Oswestry. Above the main entrance are two statues bearing the Greek inscriptions "Philomathes" and "Polymathes". The border with Wales is 9 miles (14 km) to the west. It is the county town (seat) of Shropshire, and its strategic position near the border between England and Wales has made it a town of great importance. Sandy Lyle, a professional golfer, was born in the town. [40] A notable example of 1960s/70s construction in Shrewsbury was Telecom House on Smithfield Road - demolished in the 2000s. The two and a half week multi-media event celebrates the town as the 'Origin of Independent Thinking' with activities including lectures, dance performances and live music. [74] Shrewsbury is Shropshire's second largest town, after Telford. A. E. Housman wrote of the area this verse, which mentions the bridges of the town:[101]. Together with the existing A5 and A49 by-passes, the Battlefield Link Road (A5124) and the Oxon Link Road (construction expected to be completed by 2021), this will result in the completion of the ring road around the outskirts of the town. The Welsh princes of Powys made it their seat, called Pengwern in the 5th and 6th centuries. The school was founded in 1907 and is set in a Grade I listed country house built in 1879 for Rebecca Darby – a great niece of Abraham Darby and a member of the iron-master family who built Ironbridge. Shrewsbury, MA (Community Forum) has 14,079 members. Traditionally Shrewsbury cakes have a distinct hint of lemon. Although Darwin's work was both revolutionary and highly controversial at the time, his teachings and beliefs have become ever more globalised and he is today widely recognised as the father of the modern theory of evolution. The absolute minimum of −25.2 °C (−13.4 °F)[60] was recorded in 1981. The town walls had also fallen into disrepair by this time - Stone Gate, which controlled access across English Bridge, collapsed due to flooding in 1542. [143] The event attracts around 100,000 visitors each year and offers a multitude of events, exhibitions and gardens, with a fireworks display at the end of each day. In the centre of the town lies The Quarry. historically used the leopard, but from 1986 till 1992 had a Celtic shrew and from 2007 to 2015 had a badge depicting a lion rather than a leopard. By the early 1900s, the town became focused on transport services and the general service and professional sector, owing to its position on the A5 road, part of the strategic route to North Wales. Omissions? [188] There are a number of motorsports and golf facilities (including Meole Brace Municipal Golf Course) in the area. There were about 3.1 million visitors – both day visitors and staying visitors – to the borough in 2001, with 88% being day visitors and 12% being staying visitors; staying visitors accounted for 42% of spending. On 4 June 2009, the first election was held to the town council, with councillors elected from 17 single-member wards coterminous with Shropshire Council electoral divisions. Apply to Customer Service Representative, Crew Member, Receptionist and more! Shrewsbury has also seen activity in the physical discipline, Parkour. Bayston Hill lies 3 miles (5 km) south of the town centre of Shrewsbury and on the A49 and near to the A5. Post-16 education is handled by Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, previously the Priory School for Boys[170] recently ranked 17th in the top 20 of sixth form colleges nationally by the Sunday Times newspaper and Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology, which handles primarily vocational courses. Shrewsbury has traditionally been known as the "Town of Flowers", a moniker incorporated into many of the signs on entrance to the town via major roads, although this was replaced in 2007 with 'the birthplace of Charles Darwin'. Further along from the Welsh Bridge is the Porthill Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge running between The Quarry and Porthill, built in 1922. In 1575 the Mardol Gate, the defensive gateway built upon a pier of Welsh Bridge, was removed. [10] The town is subject to flooding from the river. [162] Shrewsbury cakes (or biscuits) are typically crisp and brittle creations that may incorporate fruit. [171] In the end the scheme came to nothing and it was not until the 2000s that higher education institutions were established in the town: University Centre Shrewsbury has been offering postgraduate courses since autumn 2014 and undergraduate students are being welcomed to the institution from autumn 2015. Get reviews, hours, directions, coupons and more for Town of Shrewsbury at 207 South St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545. [137] It is currently the home of renowned singer Steve Winwood, with his family. At Battlefield, the A53 route begins and heads north-east towards Shawbury and Market Drayton, then onwards towards Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Rainfall averages 76 to 100 cm (30 to 39 in), influenced by being in the rainshadow of the Cambrian Mountains from warm, moist frontal systems of the Atlantic Ocean, which bring generally light precipitation in autumn and spring. The Quantum Leap is an abstract sculpture unveiled in the town centre in 2009 to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Shrewsbury biologist Charles Darwin. Shrewsbury Sports Village is a sports centre in the Sundorne district of the town, aimed at providing a wide range of sports facilities for townspeople. The 2001 census indicates that the population of the town consists of 51.1% females, and 48.9% males, which echoes the trend of Shrewsbury and Atcham borough, and that of Shropshire as a whole. [22] The Shrewsbury Drapers Company dominated the trade in Welsh wool for many years. St John the Baptist hospital passed to the Wood family, and became almshouses. [102] Shrewsbury Greek Orthodox Church, a former Anglican church building, is off Sutton Road to the south. [82] Shrewsbury's position of being the only sizable town for a large area, especially to the west in Mid-Wales, allows it to attract a large retail base beyond that of its resident population. [1][5], The town centre has a largely unspoilt medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings,[6] including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries. However, some historic buildings were demolished to make way for the brutalist architectural style of the 1960s, though the town was saved from a new 'inner ring road' due to its challenging geography. [46] The town has two large expanding business parks, Shrewsbury Business Park by the A5 in the southeast and Battlefield Enterprise Park in the north. Now known as Old St Chad's, the remains of the church building and its churchyard are on the corner of Princess Street, College Hill and Belmont. In 1716, a group of thirty-one persons petitioned the General Court to set aside a tract of land for a new township. Further charters were granted in 1199 (King John), 1495 (Henry VII), 1638 (Charles I) and 1685 (James II). Average annual salary was $47,663 and median salary was $43,166. This success was mainly due to wool production, a major industry at the time, and the wool trade with the rest of Britain and Europe, with the River Severn and Watling Street acting as trading routes. [114][115] Shrewsbury Food Bank, based at Barnabas Community Church Centre and part of 'Food Bank PLUS,' provides debt relief for local people, as well as a wide range of social action initiatives including 'Money Advice' (a confidential, not for profit debt, benefits and financial help service) and Eclipse Child Bereavement, which works with local schools to help children who have experienced losses to overcome their situation. The forerunner of Private Eye was a school magazine edited by Richard Ingrams, Willie Rushton, Christopher Booker and Paul Foot at Shrewsbury School in the mid-1950s. The three main museums are Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle (which houses the Shropshire Regimental Museum) and the Coleham Pumping Station. In early 2017, Shrewsbury BID, the Hive and GRAIN Photography Hub organised an outdoor Magnum Photos exhibition. Shrewsbury Town's achievements include winning the Welsh Cup six times, a record for an English club, a 10-year run in the old Second Division now known as The Championship from 1979 until 1989, a Third Division Championship in 1979, a Division 3 Championship and victory in the Conference National Playoff Final 2004. Nearby National Trust properties include Attingham Park, former home of the Noel-Hill family, Barons of Berwick, and the last remaining Town Walls Tower which dates from the 14th century. A new leopard badge embedded in a circular shape returned for 2015–16 season. This town of Shrewsbury, MA Community Forum was created to provide former, current, and incoming residents, students, employees, and employers of Shrewsbury the opportunity to post, share, and discuss matters related to our community and town residents. [151], Famous literary figures who have lived in or visited the town include (in the 17th century) Daniel Defoe, Celia Fiennes, the Shrewsbury School-educated Arthur Mainwaring and Ambrose Phillips and playwright George Farquhar whose 1706 play 'The Recruiting Officer' was set in the town. [24] Examining the number of local church benefices falling vacant due to death, 1349 alone saw twice as many vacancies as the previous ten years combined, suggesting a high death toll in Shrewsbury. [129] The 1980s pop group T'Pau was formed in the town and the band's vocalist Carol Decker was born and educated in the town, along with other members of the band. The A458 (Welshpool-Bridgnorth) runs through the town centre, entering in the west and leaving to the southeast. Hope Church Shrewsbury, in the north of the town. [165] Opposite it on the other side of the river is Shrewsbury High School, an independent girls' day school. [192], A potential twinning of Shrewsbury with Bayreuth, Germany, was under discussion in 2009. This was granted on November 2, 1717 "Provided they have at least 40 families settled there with an orthodox minister within three years". [10] In 1138, King Stephen successfully besieged the castle held by William FitzAlan for the Empress Maud during the period known as the Anarchy. Not since the early 1990’s had Town won four consecutive away games, but that was the feat Steve Cotterill was looking to achieve against the 2013 FA Cup winners. Shrewsbury Motocross Club has staged motocross events in the area for over 30 years.[189]. We’ve been working closely with local businesses to help make the town safe and secure for all to enjoy – we’ll all be warming up to the cooler weather in no time. [73] In 1981 the population of the town was 57,731 and in 1991 the population of the town was 64,219. [28], Shrewsbury is the administrative centre for the new Shropshire Council, the unitary authority covering most of Shropshire (but excluding the Borough of Telford and Wrekin, a separate unitary authority area). In front of the old buildings of Shrewsbury School (1552), now in use as a library and museum, stands a statue of Charles Darwin, who was born in Shrewsbury in 1809. St Giles leper hospital passed to the Prince family, later Earls of Tankerville. Adcote School is an independent day and boarding school for girls, 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Shrewsbury. Later, in the 18th and 19th centuries, the likes of John Wesley, Thomas de Quincey and Benjamin Disraeli the latter of which was MP for Shrewsbury 1841–47, would visit the town. [14] The importance of the Shrewsbury area in the Roman era was underlined with the discovery of the Shrewsbury Hoard in 2009. Bus services in the town are operated by Arriva Midlands and serve most parts of the town from Shrewsbury bus station, adjacent to the Darwin Shopping Centre, and a short walk from the railway station. which is a separate entity than the Town of Shrewsbury, MA. However, as part of wider changes to local governance in Shropshire, the town was parished on 13 May 2008, with a single parish created covering the entire town and previously unparished area. [95] The building was manned by up to 120 volunteers who trained on a weekly basis and wore a Royal Air Force style uniform. [106] Methodists,[107] Baptists[108] and the United Reformed Church are also represented, alongside newer church groups including Elim Pentecostal[109] and two Newfrontiers, which are: [110][111] Shrewsbury Evangelical Church meets in the former Anglican parish church of St Julian at the Wyle Cop end of Fish Street. However, it is believed that Henry VIII thereafter intended to make Shrewsbury a cathedral city after the formation of the Church of England, but the citizens of the town declined the offer. [96] There are various private galleries and art shops around the town, including the Gateway Education and Arts Centre. Held annually over the August bank holiday, the event is very popular, with people travelling from across the UK to attend.[144]. Shropshire Council have their headquarters at the Shirehall, on Abbey Foregate. [7] The town is the birthplace of Charles Darwin and is where he spent 27 years of his life.[8]. Until 2018 Shrewsbury was twinned with Zutphen, Netherlands, a move inspired by the fact Sir Philip Sidney, an alumnus of Shrewsbury School, was fatally wounded there in 1586. [156][157] There are three radio stations that specifically serve either the Shrewsbury area or encompass it as part of a Shropshire-wide broadcast. He founded Shrewsbury Abbey as a Benedictine monastery in 1083. Shrewsbury, VT 05738. An example of a large neighbouring village that has effectively become part of the suburban area is Bayston Hill, which grew considerably in the latter half of the 20th century and is now separated from the Meole Brace suburb by only a few fields and the A5 by-pass. Despite this, Shrewsbury thrived throughout the 16th and 17th centuries; largely due to the town's fortuitous location, which allowed it to control the Welsh wool trade. Having grown-up in Shrewsbury, and now after many years of living outside of this immediate area, I've happily returned to town to care for the many needs of my now elderly parents. A free weekly parkrun takes place in the centre of Shrewsbury. [8], The British Army's Light Infantry has been associated with Shrewsbury since the 17th century when the first regiments were formed and many more regiments have been raised at Shrewsbury before being deployed all over the world from the American Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. [32], Local soldier and statesman Robert Clive was Shrewsbury's MP from 1762 until his death in 1774; Clive also served once as the town's mayor in 1762. [21], It was in the late Middle Ages (14th and 15th centuries) when the town was at its height of commercial importance. [122] Comedian George Robey lived in the town, near Lord Hill's Column, before and during the Second World War. Town of Shrewsbury Salaries . [112] Shrewsbury's first non-Christian place of worship, a Muslim centre, was approved in 2013. [182] In 2008 the town was awarded Cycling Town status by Cycling England;[183] as a result, it benefited from £1.8 million of grant funding from the Department for Transport between 2008 and 2011. After the station is Castle Walk Footbridge, another modern pedestrian footbridge. [174] Heart of Wales line trains also operate to Swansea. From there it runs north, passing Sundorne, then Battlefield, before heading out towards Whitchurch. Working downstream from Frankwell Bridge, a modern pedestrian footbridge spans the River Severn between Frankwell and the town centre. Welcome to the official Town of Shrewsbury Facebook Page. The Angles, under King Offa of Mercia, took possession in 778. There are many churches in Shrewsbury, including Shrewsbury Abbey, founded by Roger de Montgomery in 1083. Apply to Enrollment Specialist, Snow Plow Operator, Admissions Specialist and more! Shrewsbury is the origin of the most popular Simnel cake recipe. 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