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The castle & schools at Shrewsbury

The castle & schools at Shrewsbury

Artist and engraver: Williams, W

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXVI

Item number: 18f

Genre: Topographical Print

Daniel Defoe visited Shrewsbury in the early 18th century and thought it "one of the most flourishing towns in England". The construction of the castle began in the late 11th century, and it was subsequently extended and rebuilt in later centuries. By the time of Defoe's visit it had fallen into ruin. He also noted: "Here is an ancient free-school, the most considerable in this part of England; built and endow'd by Queen Elizabeth, with a very sufficient maintenance for a chief or head-master, and three under-masters or ushers. The buildings are very spacious". As can be seen in the drawing, the River Severn encircles the castle and town in a horse-shaped loop.

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