St Chad's Church
St Chad's Terrace
St Chad’s is an iconic Grade 1 listed building of unique circular design by George Steuart. It is the civic church of Shrewsbury and the military church of Shropshire. St Chad’s is a member of the Greater Churches Network, and has the largest seating capacity of any church in Shropshire. Open every day for worship and all visitors welcome.
A unique architectural experience: this Grade I Georgian civic church of remarkable circular design has achieved European significance. It stands majestically at the top of the Quarry and was designed by George Steuart, who also designed the manor house at Attingham Park. Discover the huge circular nave where Charles Darwin was baptised on 15th November 1809. It is the largest indoor venue in Shrewsbury, seating over 1000 for concerts and organ recitals and attracts performers from far and wide, offering a rich and exceptional range of music. Free Friday lunch-time concerts have become a "must-do" - followed by lunch in the church hall.
St Chad's foundation dates back to the 8th century and is the oldest Christian foundation in Shrewsbury.Old St Chad's literally collapsed in 1788 to be replaced by this fine Georgian masterpiece, now a member of the Greater Churches Network. In the inner vestibule leading into the chancel, the two arms of a fine staircase sweep up to the gallery, the rail being made of elegant Shropshire ironwork.
In the graveyard you will find Ebenezer Scrooge's "gravestone" from the 1984 film A Christmas Carol. Of greater historical significance though is the grave of Charles Bage, designer of the first ever iron framed building, the Ditherington Flax Mill, in Shrewsbury, built at the end of the 18th century. The technology that Bage developed makes him a pioneer of what would become modern skyscraper technology.