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St Augustines, Shrewsbury

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Sancti Augustini de Salop

In the civil parish of Shrewsbury.
In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ48731262
Latitude 52.70923° Longitude -2.76066°

St Augustines, Shrewsbury has been described as a probable Fortified Town House, and also as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site, and also as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The licence to crenellate allegedly issued in 1345 was in fact a mortmain grant. However, in 1337 the friars were granted a stone wall extending from the priory to the river on condition 'that they built a substantial embattled house there'. In 1342 mention is made of 'a certain crenellated house constructed upon the aforesaid wall'. (Jackson 1988)

Tower, forming the south-west termination of the riverside New Work defensive wall (62559). The tower was discovered when the ground along the riverbank was lowered to extend Victoria Avenue in November 1911 (site 60298). Had a diameter of 18 feet, and walls 3 ft thick of red, probably Keele Beds, sandstone, half in the school playground, half in the roadway. (Shropshire HER)

It has been incorrectly suggested that a Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1345 Nov 9 (Click on the date for details of this supposed licence.).


It was common for mural tower in town defensive walls to be used as residencies often with a condition the tenant in such a tower kept it in good repair. A round tower just north of the abbey site, on the river bank, in Victoria Avenue, may represent this 'embattled house'. This is scheduled although the remains are hidden under the road surface.
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