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Shrewsbury Cathedral (Catholic) (Shrewsbury)

The Cathedral of Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Peter of Alcantara is the Catholic cathedral serving the ancient town of Shrewsbury.

It is situated in the street called Town Walls, opposite the walls themselves overlooking the River Severn.

The idea for a cathedral came from the Earl of Shrewsbury, who had worked with the great Augustus Pugin on many Catholic places of worship.

Unfortunately, not only did the Earl die before this could be accomplished, but so did Pugin.

However, the Earl's son, who was then 20, and Pugin's son Edward, 18, took over the finance and design. It was opened in 1856.

There is no tower, but a large bellcote.

Much of the glass in the cathedral was designed by Margaret Rope, the daughter of a local doctor who became a nun. There is a great deal of detail, including a red London bus from the 1920s.

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