What to See
You’ll find accounts of Shrewsbury’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from firstname.lastname@example.org). For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Original Shrewsbury.
Links to Shrewsbury attractions include:
● Shrewsbury Abbey
● Shrewsbury Castle
● Shrewsbury Cathedral
● Shrewsbury Festivals
● Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
● Shrewsbury Prison
● Soldiers of Shropshire Museum ● Shropshire Wildlife Trust
● The Quarry
Towns of Two Halves extracts:
● “Britain’s first TV gardener, the avuncular Percy Thrower, was Parks Superintendent in Shrewsbury from 1946 to 1974. A notably floral town, Shrewsbury takes care to make Percy prominent in its tourist brochures. But Percy, a balding, Brylcreemed pipe-smoker, presented his last television programme for the BBC in 1975 and he died in 1988; his name will mean very little to people under the age of 60.”
● “There are not many points in the football season where Shrewsbury will not be hosting an event of great local, regional or even national significance. Instead of a one-off visit you might consider buying a season ticket.”
● “Robert Cadman was a showman whose speciality involved ropes and high places. He entertained people around the country by ‘flying’ – more accurately, sliding on a grooved wooden breastplate down an inclined rope – in a death-defying manner. But death, taunted by Cadman’s preliminary stunts, would not long be defied; in February 1740 the rope snapped and Cadman fell to earth.”
These are taken from the Shrewsbury chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email email@example.com.