Shrewsbury, England 1 year ago One of the many shuts in Shrewsbury Shrewsbury, England May 2020 2 mins read British Isles, Clusters, England Discovering Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury, county town of Shropshire, has an impressive history, with a medieval street plan that is largely unspoiled and over 660 listed buildings. The nearby village of Wroxeter was once a significant Roman City, the fourth largest of Roman Britain, and this importance was underlined in 2009 with the discovery of the ‘Shrewsbury Hoard’ in 2009. Wroxeter Roman Ruins The area has an impressive Saxon history too; St. Julian, a local Church, is one of four Saxon foundations in Shrewsbury, and is thought to have been a place of worship and religious experience for over 2000 years. St. Julian’s Church, Shrewsbury Nearby Ironbridge Gorge enabled the area’s rapid development in the early industrial revolution, driven both by natural raw materials available, and the easy transportation network afforded by the wide Severn River which runs through it. The Severn also helped support the travel of wool from Shrewsbury in the medieval period, though it never became a centre for heavy industry. Ironbridge Gorge, Shrewsbury Ironbridge gorge was made a Unesco World Heritage site, one of the first in the UK, in the early 20th century. The designation also includes the famous bridge of 1779, which gives the site its name. Shrewsbury’s unspoiled environment is also reflected at the Quarry Park, a beautiful parkland which has been used for recreational activity since the 16th Century, and continues to host guests for a range of activities and events, including Shrewsbury Flower Show, thought to be the longest running flower show in the world; it has been running for more than 125 years. Shrewsbury also offers a wide variety of other festivals, including a comedy festival, a cartoon festival for families with kids, and a Carnival. Visitors and guests can experience historic pubs, some of which have been continuously open for hundreds of years; The Golden Cross has been used as an Inn since the 15th century. There is also an art gallery amongst other museums, plenty of bars and even live music on offer. Communications have been central to Shrewsbury life and it has been an important centre for road traffic as a result. A new coaching route in 1815 improved its connection to Ireland, and a number of additional roads were added contemporaneously, including roads we continue to use today. In spite of this, Shrewsbury encourages a village feel at its heart; the park and ride service limits personal vehicles in the centre, allowing visitors to walk more freely. Articles about England published by Odyssey Traveller. The London Underground Victorian Women’s Fashion Queen Victoria’s Britain, Part 1 and Part 2 Understanding British Churches Studying Gargoyles and grotesques Georgian Architecture London’s Victorian Architecture For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link. External articles to assist you on your visit to England. 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