A History of Shropshire

May 2014
85 black and white, 18 line illustrations
344 pages
30.5x20.8 cm
Victoria County History
ISBN: 9781904356424
Format: Hardback
Victoria County History

A History of Shropshire

VI.i. Shrewsbury: General History and Topography

Edited by W.A. Champion, A.T. Thacker

Comprehensive survey of the history of Shrewsbury.
This volume examines the county town of Shrewsbury, which boasts a largely unaltered medieval street plan, and over 600 listed buildings, including some of the finest timber-framed buildings in England, Ditheringon flax mill (the first iron-framed building in the world), a Norman castle, Shrewsbury abbey and the remains of the medieval town walls. It recounts the history of the town from the early medieval period until the twenty-first century in a series of chapters written by experts. They include the archaeologist Dr Nigel Baker and Professor Richard Holt on Shrewsbury before 1200; Alan Thacker, Robert and the late Dorothy Cromarty on the town between 1200 and 1350, when Shrewsbury was of national importance; W.A. Champion on developments between 1350 and 1780 when the town within the walls achieved its current physical shape and character; and Barrie Trinder on modern Shrewsbury, its industrial development and suburban spread. There are also sections on individual religious congregations and their buildings, institutions and their continuity, and topics particular to Shrewsbury such as the common lands, its county institutions, the town walls and castle, and the liberties and municipal boundaries.
This is the first of two volumes devoted to Shrewsbury, presenting a survey of its history; the second volume will focus on individual topics and themes in detail.

Table of Contents

Early Medieval Shrewsbury, 700-1200
Shrewsbury, 1200-1340
Shrewsbury, 1340-1540
Shrewsbury, 1540-1640
Shrewsbury, 1640-1780
Late Georgian and Victorian Shrewsbury, 1780-1900
Shrewsbury in the Twentieth Century
List of Abbreviations


The publication is a sumptuous contribution to the history of Shrewsbury. It reads well and has much new material and fresh interpretation on every page. ARCHIVES

For those interested in the history of Shrewsbury...few books could have been much more 'awaited' than [this] Victoria County History volume on the town. [...] The simple question is then was it worth the wait-and the answer is an emphatic 'yes'. ARCHAEOLOGIA CAMBRENSIS

[T]his excellent volume provides a fascinating narrative history of Shrewsbury, of use to a range of historians interested in the social, political, economic and urban life of what was in many respects a unique English town. URBAN HISTORY

Beautifully illustrated, containing charts and graphs, and fully indexed, this handsome book deserves to be widely read. SHROPSHIRE STAR

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