SJ4912 : The shuts and passages of Shrewsbury : Coffee House Passage

near to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Great Britain

The shuts and passages of Shrewsbury : Coffee House Passage
The shuts and passages of Shrewsbury : Coffee House Passage
Shrewsbury retains a number of 'shuts' or alleyways which provide convenient shortcuts and which enable pedestrians to get around the centre of the town in an almost bygone world behind and between the busy shopping streets. These narrow passages date back to the Middle Ages when the town must have been a veritable rabbit warren: many have disappeared in the course of redevelopment and those that remain deserve to be preserved. The origin of the name is obscure but, it has been suggested that, unlike closed cul-de sacs, these alleys, being open both ends, allow the pedestrian to 'shoot' rapidly from one street to another. 'Shut' could also be a contraction of 'shortcut' which is what it usually is!


Runs along the side of the Music Hall from The Square to College Hill. Named after an C18 coffee house but on a beam at the entrance is carved the date 1577.
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Wednesday, 3 February, 2010   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 18 February, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 491 123 [100m precision]
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