Image: Shrewsbury Castle and Public School. As one of the most important towns on the Severn, Shrewsbury was a political, cultural and economic centre for Shropshire and beyond.

“When within two miles of Shrewsbury, the Severn visibly expands, acquiring consequence, and continuing to augment as it approaches the town, which is indebted to its current for a great portion of the trade, commerce and wealth it enjoys.

The lofty spires of the churches, the hospital, and other buildings combined, form, in the distance, a striking picture; and, as the objects become more distinct, the castle and public school particularly attract the notice of approaching strangers.

The population of Shrewsbury appears to be rapidly on the increase: In 1801, the number of inhabitants…was 14,739; in 1811, 18,543. The chief articles in the commerce and manufactures of this town have been, for ages, flannels and Welch webs….The commerce of the town, as well as the general comfort and convenience of its inhabitants, is greatly promoted by the Shropshire, Shrewsbury, and Ellesmere canals.”

Harral, vol.1, p 94-182.

Image creators: Image from Thomas Harral, Picturesque Views of the Severn, 1824
Image courtesy of: Shropshire Records and Research

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1532-0A Journey down the Severn from Thomas Harral’s Picturesque Views of the River (1824) 562-0Introduction: the Severn Waterway 517-0Poetry and Visions of the River Severn 514-0The Severn and its Origins in Wales 516-0Newtown to Montgomery 518-0Powis Castle to Welshpool 519-0Welshpool to Shrewsbury 520-0Shrewsbury 521-0The English Bridge, Shrewsbury 522-0The Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury 524-0Atcham Bridge, Shropshire 525-0The Wrekin 526-0Buildwas Bridge and the Severn Earthquake of 1773 529-0Coalbrookdale and the Ironbridge 530-0Madeley, Broseley and Lilleshall 535-0Bridgnorth 536-0Bridgnorth’s Economy 537-0Bridgnorth Castle 538-0Quatford and the nearby Landscape 539-0Bewdley 540-0The Wyre Forest 542-0Stourport 543-0Stourport Bridge 545-0Worcester 546-0Worcester to Upton-on-Severn 547-0Tewkesbury 550-0Gloucester 551-0Gloucester’s Economy and the Severn Trade