Shrewsbury Unitarian Church

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Shrewsbury Unitarian Church
52°42′26″N 2°45′12″W / 52.7073°N 2.7533°W / 52.7073; -2.7533Coordinates: 52°42′26″N 2°45′12″W / 52.7073°N 2.7533°W / 52.7073; -2.7533
OS grid reference SJ4912
Country England
Denomination Unitarian
Founded 1662
Heritage designation Grade II listed

Shrewsbury Unitarian Church is a Grade II listed building[1] situated on the High Street in Shrewsbury, England. The meeting house was founded in its present site in 1662 by Revds Francis Tallents and James Bryan, two dissenters ejected from their living at St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury. It was destroyed by a mob of Jacobite supporters in 1715 but rebuilt the same year. The whole building was rebuilt on its present site in 1839 by local architect, A.B. Deakin with money provided by George the First's government. The town plan of 1882 shows it had a small courtyard, which was removed when the High Street was widened, and that it seated 350 people.

In 1798, Samuel Coleridge[2] accepted the position of minister at the church, (salary £120 a year) and the effect of his first sermon is recorded by the 17 year old William Hazlitt from nearby Wem. Coleridge's stayed a month before being offered £150 from Thomas Wedgwood a year to give up his position and study poetry and philosophy.

Charles Darwin worshipped at the church until he was eight years of age when his mother died in 1817.


  1. ^ "Unitarian Church, Shrewsbury". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Holmes, Richard (1990). Coleridge Early Visions. Penguin. p. 178. ISBN 0 14 012440 3. 

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