The Bellstone in Shrewsbury

A young Charles Darwin’s first introduction to geology was a granite boulder, called the Bellstone, situated in Morris Hall courtyard in Shrewsbury town centre.

The Bellstone is an important stop on the Darwin town trail, where you can see this important geological find for yourself.

As a child Darwin was told this sort of stone was only found much further north in Cumbria or Scotland and there was no explanation for how it ended up in Shropshire. It was only when he studied geology at Edinburgh that Darwin learned that during the last ice age moving glaciers had transported massive rocks across the country.

Shropshire has rocks from more periods of geology than anywhere else in the world, and it was The Bellstone that inspired a young Charles Darwin. The coral reef that became Wenlock Edge still yields up marine fossils laid down when Shropshire was part of the Caribbean. The glacial meres and scars that shaped the Shropshire landscape and deposits they left (and the Bellstone in particular) convinced Darwin that the world is much older than the popular thinking at the time.

For more information about Darwin visit www.discoverdarwin.co.uk

'The Bellstone' is also the name of a restaurant and bar in Shrewsbury, next to Morris Hall Courtyard and the Bellstone boulder.


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