Shrewsbury Abbey

Abbey Heritage Lottery Bid         


Since the 11th century, Shrewsbury Abbey has been a pivotal site in the spiritual, cultural and architectual life of Shrewsbury. Alongside its sister-site--Shrewsbury Castle--the Abbey is at the heart of the Norman roots of Shrewsbury as a 'Marcher' citadel on the borders of England and Wales.

Throughout the years there have been many changes to the Abbey building--some beneficial and some desctructive. The ordinary wear-and-tear of the centuries has taken its toll on the building and grounds.

Now, during its 10th century of service to Shrewsbury and Shropshire, it is time to renovate, restore and rejuvenate the Abbey, and the way it engages with local, national and world-wide communities. We are calling this project the 'Shrewsbury Abbey Renaissance' and the Heritage Lottery Fund bid is an integral part of this.


There is about 400,000 of stonework repairs which are required. The following pictures show some of the preliminary work being done.


Visitor Facilities

Our hope is to replace the undesirable and cheap kitchen units with something a bit more pleasant - such as this kitchen facility in nearby Colmere Church - thanks for the inspiration!


This will require the relocation of the Charlton Tomb - currently looking the worse for wear.

Photos to follow 


This will be comprehensively updated to provide meaningful access for Heritage, Visitor and day to day Spiritual outreach. 

Young People

This will provide a range of duties - part linked to the Heritage and Cultural life of the Abbey and part linked to the Spiritual life of the Abbey.

St. Winefride Pilgrimage Trail

This will cover approximately 88 miles from Shrewsbury Abbey (The former site of her shrine) to Holywell in North Wales (from whence she came and lived). 

Be sure to check back here as this project develops! There will be regular notices of opportunities for YOU to take part in the Shrewsbury Abbey Renaissance!

For now, check out our 'Sponsor an Abbey Pipe' page, to see how you can fill the Abbey with music.

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