Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The view from Starbucks, Shrewsbury

I think this particular building in Shrewsbury is called Princess House, and it's a pretty ugly building, sat right in the middle of town next to the square. Its style is not at all like the retro architecture that Shrewsbury is known for.
But as well as Starbucks, Princess House also contains the job center so it's pretty fitting that the building should be hideous, and it can be seen hideously sticking up next to the square from some parts of the Rat Run and from the rooftop maze. But the view is quite awesome. The rooftop itself inaccessible via conventional means, requiring a real stretch of the imagination, and therefore to get up there at night time means to be undesturbed. And it's a great place to chill out when the weather is great. When the weather is foggy, the lights of Shrewsbury look amazing.

 Note- The group I explore with have a strict policy of leaving everything as it was, not vandalizing or stealing, and not exploring or violating any residential properties, nor do we force entry, merely utilize existing openings. Any entry on the blog that does detail a means of access does so under the assumption that the means of access can no longer be reached. Never would we reveal an existing opening over the internet, for fear of negative consequences against the property or people.

In the above photo is the Shrewsbury clocktower, a famous Shrewsbury landmark and a feature in many of my pictures. Meanwhile, the building covered in scaffolding is the Music Hall, and as we sat here looking at it, we couldn't help but wonder if it would be possible to gain entry... but that was an adventure for another day...

Daytime photos from the roof of Princess House-


Halifax- the symmetrical building is a clever illusion.

Grope lane, one of Shrewsbury's most famous alleyways, and hangout of prostitutes back in the day.

Curiously, there is a rumour of a cold war bomb shelter that was constructed under the square and accessible via the music hall. Everyone dismisses the rumour, saying that the Square's old architecture was undisturbed so how would something be constructed beneath it. Well I must make the observation, that from above, the old stone floor of the square appears to have been at least partially replaced at some point in history. Was this to excavate a small bunker leading to the music hall? My personal opinion is that this is chinese whispers, as there was a cold war bunker in the nearby Music Hall. 

I don't know the history of the statue, but he has Clive written on the base.

This ancient building in the square was once a courthouse, and if one looks closely at the gargoyles from ground level, one can see that they wear little judge wigs. What a lot of people don't realize is that the little squiggly line on the floor next to the building is actually a map, depicting the river servern looping around the town.

The bird statue is a mystery. Why is it there? To scare away other birds, probably. But it sits on the rooftop where nobody gets to see it. I once contemplated lifting the statue and placing it on the edge, so that people down below, should they look up, they could see the bird statue and appreciate yet another of Shrewsbury's small things. However when I lifted the statue, I realized that should it fall off the edge it could damage something or someone with its weight. I'd hate for that to happen.

And yet the bird statue does move on occasion around the roof when I am not there so someone obviously cares enough to move its location.

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