SJ4912 : The shuts and passages of Shrewsbury: Gullet Passage

near to Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Great Britain

The shuts and passages of Shrewsbury: Gullet Passage
The shuts and passages of Shrewsbury: Gullet 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!

Gullet Passage runs in this direction from The Square to The Hole in the Wall pub in Shoplatch. It has been suggested that the name Gullet comes from the Middle English word 'golate' meaning stream and that water once ran this way from the pool where the square now is down to the Welsh bridge. Alternatively that it was named after an inn of that name belonging to one Molly Miles and mentioned in an old ditty that ends "Up and down the Gullet Shut and call at Molly Miles's".
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Sunday, 28 February, 2010
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