Shrewsbury Castle

The castle motte dates from 1068 and was built with three sides protected by the River Severn but the stone walls date from the 12th to 13th centuries. There was originally a wooden keep on the motte but it collapsed in 1271 when half of the motte was washed away into the river. The castle was allowed to decay from the middle of the 14th century until in 1565 a local merchant converted it into a residence. Even though it was re-fortified during the Civil War it was beseiged and captured by Parliament in 1645. After the wwar it was used as a private residence and it was then restored in the 18th century by Thomas Telford. Laura’s Tower was erected on the motte in 1790 as a summer house.

Shrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle Gardens

Shrewsbury Castle Gardens

The castle currently houses the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum, a host to a journey through nearly 300 years of British Army Evolution, seen through the eyes, campaigns and sacrifices of Shropshire Soldiers.

The Museum displays the significant collections of the Shropshire regiments between 1755 and 1968, including the formation of the Light Infantry & Rifles regiments, and the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, (Shropshire Yeomanry) Squadron.

4 Comments CherryPie on Jul 26th 2023

4 Responses to “Shrewsbury Castle”

  1. I miss Shrewsbury already!
    It’s a nice town to walk around.

  2. Definitely, it’s a good base to travel to Wales too.
    I need to see more of Wales too.

    • CherryPie says:

      I love Wales, as a family we visited and holidayed there often in my younger years.

      Sadly Mr C is not so much of a fan so I don’t often get the chance to visit now. I miss Wales with its castles coast and rural landscapes.

      That being said he did take me on a brief visit to Caernarfon castle recently.

      YES you must explore Wales :-)