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Town Walls, Claremont Bank and Claremont Hill

Shrewsbury’s Town Walls road runs alongside an ancient wall, with a striking and iconic tower, The Town Walls Tower. Dating from the 14th century, the tower is the very last remaining medieval watchtower surviving on what were once the medieval fortified, defensive walls of Shrewsbury. It was original built during a time when the town was subject to attacks from the Welsh, and as an observation point to watch the River Severn. Whilst the tower is owned by the National Trust, it is only open to visitors on limited days per year.

The Town Walls are even older than the tower. The first Shrewsbury town walls were built between 1100 and 1135, under the 3rd Norman Earl of Shrewsbury, Robert de Belesme. The Norman walls were superceded by a 'great wall' ordered by Henry II in 1220-1252 (despite Llewellyn the Great burning the town in 1234). The third phase of wall building took place from 1272-1307 under Edward I and II.

Claremont Hill is a wonderful part of Shrewsbury, ripe with historical features, cobbled streets and quaint architecture, leading up to St Chad's Church. 

Town Walls, Claremont Bank and Claremont Hill
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