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 and then moves on to some of the stonework.
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.
This will be comprehensively updated to provide meaningful access for Heritage, Visitor and day to day Spiritual outreach.
A new heritage Officer has been appointed – subject to serving out notice.
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!