This collection of pictures features Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire, which lies within a giant loop of the River Severn.
It is regarded as one of England's finest medieval towns, with more than 660 listed buildings and a maze of narrow alleyways known as shuts and passages.
Shrewsbury Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery, was founded in 1083 and provides the background for the Brother Cadfael Chronicles, the best-selling medieval whodunnits written by local author Ellis Peters.
The town is also celebrated as the birthplace of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution changed the way we understood our place in the world.
Darwin was born at Mount House in 1809 and spent the early years of his life in Shrewsbury. He was educated at Shrewsbury School under his tutor Samuel Butler.
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