Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

SHREWSBURY CASTLE


SHREWSBURY CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

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 keep on the motte but it collapsed in 1270. The castle was allowed to decay from the middle of the 14th century and even though it was re-fortified during the Civil War it was captured by Parliament. It was then restored in the 18th century by Thomas Telford so that it could be used as a residence. Laura's Tower (top right) was erected on the motte at the same time.

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The town was protected by a wall in the 12th century but after atacks by the Welsh in 1215 and 1234 the walls continued to be refortified and extended until the middle of the 15th century. One tower and part of the wall remains.


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Directions
On the north east side of the town centre
Castle St, Shrewsbury SY1 2AT

 



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