St Chad's in Shrewsbury

St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury has the largest circular nave in the country, where Charles Darwin was baptised in 1809. It’s located on the edge of Shrewsbury town centre and the 29 acre Quarry Park and Dingle.

St Chad’s holds many concerts and organ recitals and attracts performers from far and wide. Free Friday lunch-time concerts have become a “must-do” for many - followed by lunch in the church hall.

St Chad's foundation dates back to the 8th century and is the oldest Christian foundation in Shrewsbury. Old St Chad's literally collapsed in 1788 to be replaced by the new St Chad’s, widely regarded as a Georgian masterpiece.

In the graveyard you will find Ebenezer Scrooge's “gravestone” from the 1984 film ‘A Christmas Carol’ which was filmed in Shrewsbury. You will also find the grave of Charles Bage, designer of the first ever iron framed building, the Ditherington Flax Mill in Shrewsbury, built at the end of the 18th century.

Events (Ongoing and Upcoming)

  • Feb


    DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival

    This February, we will celebrate Shrewsbury as "The Origin of Independent Thinking" and birthplace of Charles Darwin -...

  • Feb


    LEGOŽ: Brick History

    Brick History takes you on a journey through pivotal moments in world history, modelled in LEGO® bricks. This is...

  • Feb


    Darwin Guided Walk

    Join one of our Visitor Information Centre guides exploring Shrewsbury and the places associated with Charles Darwin.Due...

  • Mar


    Shrewsbury Flea Market

    SHREWSBURY FLEA is a fabulous mixture of Antiques and collectables, antique furniture, vintage clothing & fabrics,...

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