We are off to Shrewsbury today, the county town of Shropshire near the Welsh Borders.
|The English Bridge with the United Reformed Church|
|Shrewsbury Abbey, where the fictional Cadfael stories are set|
The centre is packed with black and white timber framed buildings as well as a Castle and an Abbey and retains its medieval street pattern with many narrow streets and passages. Many of the street names are unusual and have remained unchanged for centuries - Butcher Row, Longden Coleham, Dogpole, Mardol, Frankwell, Roushill, Grope Lane, Gullet Passage, Murivance, The Dana, Portobello, Bear Steps, Shoplatch and Bellstone.
|Small 'shuts' or streets and passages|
|Black and white timber framed buildings in the main street|
The Public Library used to be Shrewsbury School which Darwin attended.
|Statue of Darwin outside the library|
There are a great many bridges and churches in Shrewsbury, all of different styles, offering a spire round every corner.
|St Mary's Church, now redundant, with one of the tallest spires in England.|
In 1739 Robert Cadman a showman and performer attempted to slide head first from the spire using a rope and a grooved breastplate to a meadow across the Severn. He performed tricks on the way up, however on his way down the rope broke and he fell to his death, there is a memorial plaque in the church.
|Shrewbury Castle, now a regimental museum.|
|View of the Abbey from the Castle.|
|Outside the Castle gates|
|Cafe in the Museum and Art Gallery|
|St Chads Church where Darwin was baptised. A gravestone for Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge remains in the Churchyard, left over from filming of the 1984 Christmas Carol film.|
The Quarry in the town has been turned into a beautiful park.
|The Dingle, in the Quarry park, created by BBC Gardener Percy Thrower when he worked as the Parks Superintendent.|
|I like the name of this antique shop - Junk 'n Disorderly|
|By the river|