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Visit the town of Shrewsbury,
this is where the Naturalist Charles Darwin was born in 1809. He was born at 'The Mount'. His father was a doctor in the town. The house is still there on the A458. Darwin was baptised in St Chad's church. When Darwin was 9 years old he was sent to 'Dr Butler's great school in Shrewsbury' as a boarder. The school had been founded in 1552 and was still housed in 16th and 17th century buildings opposite the castle. Today the school is the town library and there is a bronze statue of its most famous scholar outside it. In Darwin's time the school was very primitive indeed - with 20-30 boys sharing a dormitory with a single window, damp beds and poor food. At school Darwin was very good at sport. His brother was very interested in Chemistry and Darwin was allowed to help with his 'experiments'. This fact became known at school and earned Darwin the nickname 'Gas'. In fact Dr Butler rebuked Darwin for wasting his time on useless subjects. An older man 'Mr Cotton' introduced Darwin to geology and showed him the 'well known boulder in the town of Shrewsbury called the Bellstone'. It can still be seen just inside the precincts of the Morris Hall opposite the entrance to the market. Darwin's parents are buried 4.5 miles west of Shrewsbury at Montford. Darwin died in 1882 aged 73 and is buried in Westminster Abbey. There is a Darwin Trail which is a lovely walk around the surrounds of Shrewsbury passing The Mount and the school - the map can be got from the tourist information centre in Shrewsbury.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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