Blue Badge tour of Charles Darwin’s Shrewsbury haunts

Charles Darwin’s connection with Shrewsbury has been explored during a guided tour held to mark International Darwin Day.

Heart of England blue badge guide Dorothy Nicolle, left, from Oswestry, led a group of nine visitors around the town’s sites with connections to Charles Darwin. The walk started from Rowley’s House.
Heart of England blue badge guide Dorothy Nicolle, left, from Oswestry, led a group of nine visitors around the town’s sites with connections to Charles Darwin. The walk started from Rowley’s House.

Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around February 12, the anniversary of the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, who was born in Shrewsbury in 1809.

Yesterday Heart of England blue badge guide Dorothy Nicolle, from Oswestry, led a group of nine visitors around the town’s sites which have connections to Charles Darwin.

The walk started from Rowley’s House and took in various town sights and historic sites which formed part of Darwin’s first introduction to the science of geology.

The tour coincides with Shrewsbury’s annual Darwin Festival which runs until February 23.

Scores of events have been organised across the town to celebrate Shrewsbury’s famous son.

On February 16 and 17, the owners of Charles Darwin’s family garden on The Mount are to open its gates to members of the public.

The Mount was built by Dr Robert Darwin in the 1790s and has remained largely unaltered.

The house was Charles Darwin’s home during his school and college days and the place to which he returned from his voyage of discovery round the world on HMS Beagle.

Its owners, John and Sharon Leach, will open its gates to the public for a series of guided tours on February 16 between 10am and 3pm.

There is a £5 entry fee, to include tea and cake in nearby St George’s Church in Frankwell.

Booking is essential by ringing (01743) 284280.

Meanwhile on February 17 a one-hour family friendly event will be held in the garden between 2.30pm and 3.30pm, giving children a chance to take part in hands on activities, walk along the Thinking Path and discover wildlife.

The event costs £3 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential. Call (01743) 284280 for more details.

For full details of Shrewsbury’s Darwin Festival programme visit www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/darwinfestival