The Cathedral was designed by Edward Pugin, son of Augustus Pugin, and was completed in 1856. The building was paid for by Bertram, Earl of Shrewsbury, who died three months before its completion. It was he who chose the dedication and wished to take the name of Shrewsbury.
Amongst the glories of the Gothic Cathedral are its stained glass windows. Six out of the ten windows are the outstanding work of Margaret Rope, which were produced in the period between the wars. Margaret was born in Shrewsbury and was the daughter of a local doctor. After training in Birmingham, where she specialised in stained glass, she became a Carmelite nun.
The Cathedral has undergone a large scale transformation within its frontage and grounds. The Orchard Cafe is a new addition and sits on a relandscaped site left of the Cathedral. The outside to the Cathedral has been sympathetically restored by local company Morris Property to include upgraded disabled access into the Cathedral, as well as landscaping and making good the main entrance looking onto the Town Walls.
Steeped in history, in a prominent position on Town Walls, the Cathedral is certainly a must-visit place in the town.
Please see our main website: www.shrewsburycathedral.org or our Facebook page for current Mass times.
We are open to visitors daily and also welcome you to the Orchard café, situated in the Cathedral grounds.