Shrewsbury Abbey

Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen is one of the best known of the First World War ‘War Poets’.

His link with Shrewsbury Abbey is four-fold:

  • Firstly, he lived in the parish at number 69 (was 71) Monkmoor Road from 1910 – 1918
  • Secondly, his name appears on the ‘Great War’ memorial tablet inside Shrewsbury Abbey
  • Thirdly, there is a memorial sculpture entitled ‘Symmetry’ in the grounds of the Abbey
  • Fourthly, one of the local Primary Schools in the Parish is named ‘The Wilfred Owen Primary School’, with the nursery department aptly named ‘Poppies’.

Symmetry Sculpture

Wilfred Owen was killed in action just days before the end of World War I. In fact, the bells of Shrewsbury Abbey were ringing to celebrate the end of the war, when Owen’s parents received the telegram telling them their son had been killed on 4 November. (BBC Shropshire History)

If you would like further information about Wilfred Owen, we recommend The Wilfred Owen Association Website.

Wilfred Owen Website