The Parade Shops, set in the heart of Shrewsbury, provides a unique shopping experience. The stylish Grade II listed building is home to a collection of unique, independent shops and businesses on two floors with an attractive terrace cafe overlooking the river Severn.
Originally, The Royal Salop Infirmary, which was built as a subscription hospital for the people of Shropshire. Work on the building started in 1826 and was completed by 1830. The architect, E.H. Haycock, designed the building in ‘Greek Revival’ style, of which he was a master. After 230 years of serving the people of the County well, the Royal Salop Infirmary was officially closed as of 8am on Sunday, 20th November 1977.
In 1980 it was saved from possible demolition by Bob Freeman, a local businessman. He restored and transformed the building. The operating theatre on the roof was demolished along with concrete balconies, the four-storey sluice block, sheds and boiler rooms.
The corridor plan of the building enabled the top three floors to be converted into 31 apartments and the lower two floors became specialist shopping units – The Parade Shops.
During July and August, The Parade Shops will be one of three main venues for local artists’ works around the theme of ‘Movement’.
Monday to Saturday: 9.00 am – 5.15 pm