Two weeks into my internship at Attingham Park I had the opportunity to give visitors a guided tour around Town Walls Tower in Shrewsbury, which is also owned by the National Trust. I was very lucky since it is only open to the public six days a year.
We welcomed many intrigued visitors including a number of locals who wanted to see what was behind the door they pass by every day.
Town Walls Tower is significant because it is the last remaining watch tower on Shrewsbury’s medieval town walls. It was probably added to the town walls in the reign of Henry IV (1399-1413).
It was given to the National Trust in 1930 by Miss Rachel Humphreys, who lived opposite at Swan Hill Court. Her father, John Humphreys, had been responsible for the conversion of the Tower into a dwelling in the 1860s. The tower is no longer inhabited; it is currently leased by the National Trust to Shrewsbury Girl’s School.
Town Walls Tower has some quirky interior features such as this window handle and forty extremely steep steps!
If you fancy visiting this fascinating little place it will be open two more days this year, on Sunday 12th August and Saturday 29th September, from 11am to 3pm. Town Walls Tower is close to Shrewsbury town centre, situated between the English and Welsh bridges on the south side of the town walls.
We look forward to meeting you.