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The main recreational park in Shrewsbury is called The Quarry. Created in 1719 and encompassing 29 acres it’s in a location within easy walking distance of Shrewsbury town centre, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College and Shrewsbury School, it is the most heavily used public park within the county. Who knew that measuring park usage is a thing?? Is someone in every park in Shropshire sitting counting how many people are there all day, every day? Well anyway, the centrepiece of the Quarry is called The Dingle, a former stone quarry, but now a landscaped sunken garden.

The Dingle



I think only my British readers will recognise the name of Percy Thrower (MBE) who was a gardener, horticulturalist and broadcaster He became nationally known through presenting gardening programmes, starting in 1956 with the BBC’s Gardening Club, then the BBC’s Gardeners’ World from 1969 until 1976. His final career move was to Shrewsbury in 1946, as the Parks Superintendent, becoming the youngest parks superintendent. He had a staff of about 35. He had reached the top of his profession at just 32 years of age and it was his sole ambition in life. He expected to stay only four or five years, but in fact remained in post until 1974.

The Shoemakers’ Arbour associated with the pre-Victorian town festival, and originally sited in Kingsland, was moved to the Dingle in 1879. It dates from 1679 and includes statues of Crispin and Crispinian, the patron saints of shoemakers.

Shoemakers without feet!

A statue of the goddess Sabrina was presented by the Earl of Bradford in 1879. The inscription on the statue is based on a poem by John Milton (1608โ€“1674). In myth, Sabrina was a nymph who drowned in the Severn.


Shrewsbury’s main civic war memorial, the focus for Remembrance Sunday, is situated within the Quarry. near St Chad’s Terrace. It consists of a bronze winged and armoured statue of St. Michael under a canopy designed like a classical Greek temple in the form of six Ionic columns supporting a circular dome. It is inscribed: ‘Remember the gallant men and women of Shropshire who gave their lives for God, King and country 1914-18 and 1939โ€“45.

St Chad’s Church was built in 1792, and with its distinctive round shape and high tower, it is a well-known landmark in the town. It faces The Quarry area of parkland, which slopes down to the River Severn. The church is a Grade I listed building.



The River Severn (Welsh: Afon Hafren, Latin: Sabrina) is the longest river in Great Britain at a length of 220 miles (354 km), and the second longest in the British Isles after the River Shannon in Ireland.


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Stay tooned, see you next week!

30 comments on “Shrewsbury~ Nov 2018 ~ part 3

  1. beetleypete says:

    Despite visiting that town a few times, I never went into the park. No idea why.
    So thanks for taking me on the tour, with the great photos. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. kmSalvatore says:

    Wow, great tour Fraggy, sounds like your distinguished man is like our Frederick Law Olmsted… ? Loved seeing all the color. And the statues. Esp. The one at the church. And the color came at a great time.. we are having another weather alert today.. snow… snow and probably more snow :(. Thanks again for the tour I really loved it.

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    1. Hopefully finished with snow here, but can’t be sure! Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  3. Nice. Did you go inside St Chad’s?

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    1. I did, but my photo’s inside were pants. ๐Ÿ™„

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      1. Better luck next time then!

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  4. M.B. Henry says:

    Wow what a cool park – and Percy Thrower sounds like a neat story, I had never heard of him before!

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    1. No, he was quintessentially British, by all accounts a lovely person, as one tends to be if you are into gardening!

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  5. Jay says:

    The dingle! Who thinks this up?

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    1. Haha some faery I guess.


  6. joshi daniel says:

    Gorgeous and colorful ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks Joshi ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. April Munday says:

    Perry Thrower had a garden centre on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. I think he was still alive when we visited. I don’t know if it’s still there, as we go to Shrewsbury a different way these days. That park looks worth a visit.

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    1. It was lovely in the autumn colours, cheers April.

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  8. Wow, The Quarry park looks like a fantastic park. At least that’s what your photos make it look like.

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    1. It was Otto, thanks for visiting. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. Awesome photos FR, Simon Wiggle’s birthday’s also on the 7th next month โค๏ธ

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    1. Thanks, I have no idea who SImon Wiggle is.


  10. Thanks for the great photos and the visit we got in our computer chairs.
    Warmest regards, Ed

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    1. A nice way to see the world! Cheers Ed.


  11. Heyjude says:

    The Dingle is lovely, a little twee in the bedding plants during the summer, but gorgeous in spring when the azaleas are in bloom.I don’t think I have written about the park yet., but I do have a lovely song that my OH wrote (and sings) about the Shoemakers’ Arbour.

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  12. Just gorgeous!!!๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜ You are amazing, Fraggle!๐Ÿ’

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    1. Aw stoppit, I’m blushing!!


      1. Aww! I can’t help it, you’re awesome.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜

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  13. steviegill says:

    Lovely autumnal covers. And Percy Thrower is such a great name!

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  14. Beautiful photos. Looks like an inspiring place where I could sit and write poetry for hours.

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    1. Thank you, it is quite a poetic place ๐Ÿ™‚

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