The musings of three artists on their joint venture into the world of Print Pastel and Paint
The Bear Steps is the curious name for the stone steps that lead to the Bear Steps Gallery and Cafe...until you know that they were probably named after a pub called 'The Bear Inn' that sadly no longer exists! Accessed through charming cobbled street called Fish Street, apparently one of the most photographed streets in Shrewsbury. It is not hard to see why Shrewsbury is such a great tourist attraction and we feel very lucky to be borrowing the Bear Steps Art Gallery for the two weeks leading up to Christmas. With only 8 days to go until we leave this lovely town, we would like to share some fascinating Shrewsbury facts with you!
The Battle Of Shrewsbury
One of the bloodiest battles in English history took place just north of the town. This was, ‘The Battle of Shrewsbury’, in 1403, it saw the death of over 6000 soldiers over a period of just three hours. Sadly bodies were strewn over a three mile area. Shakespeare immortalised the events in his Henry IV plays.
mmm didn't know that!
In 1809 Charles Darwin was born in the town and was educated at Shrewsbury School before moving on to University.
oooooh didn't know that either!!
“Shrows-bury” or Shroos-bury”. Both variations seem to have equal merit amongst the townsfolk, so prepare for a good debate if you choose to discuss the subject with a group of locals!
We debate this often in the gallery so be prepared if you visit!
Shrewsbury is the home of the WORLDS!!! First Skyscraper!
The first iron-framed building in the World was built, with the construction of the Ditherington Flax Mill in 1797. At a whopping 5 storeys high (tall in those days!) it paved the way for modern skyscrapers to be built around the world!
Had no idea!
Home to daredevil steeplejacks!
Shrewsbury's St Mary's Church has the third tallest spire in England. In 1739 the church was at the centre of a dare devil feat! Local steeplejack flier Robert Cadman was well known for his daredevil feats, but came to an unfortunate end attempting to cross the River Severn from a rope suspended from the spire of St Mary's Church.
Well thank you Shropshire Tourism and the lovely stewards at The Bear Steps Art Gallery for making our day so educationally rich!
We will leave you with some comments from some lovely visitors to the exhibition today!
"Great range of unique pieces! Loved the animal work and can't believe the beatroots weren't real! Lovely cards for sale too! Topped up my stock!"
"Really enjoyed the exhibition today, in the beautiful Bear Steps gallery. Nice touch to offer mulled wine and mince pies, particularly on a cold December day. Loved the paintings and prints, will be calling again on our next visit to Shrewsbury."
Amazing place for a great day out (....and that's just about our exhibition!)
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We are three artists and more importantly friends that share a love of art, wine and cake! Gathering for weekly art making sessions over the last 10 years, and even when one of us moved counties, we are bound together through a common thread whose tapestry of life, laughter and art come together in our first exhibition!