Belle Vue, Shrewsbury

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History and development

Built up during the 19th and early 20th Centuries, it is now mainly residential. "Belle Vue Road" (the A5191, formerly the A49) runs through the middle of the area, which has many public houses such as The Grove, the Belle Vue Tavern, the Masonic Arms and the Boar's Head. It also has a selection of small shops, though many have become houses in recent decades. Also in the suburb, off the Belle Vue Road, is the Prince of Wales public house, which has its own bowling green. Streets branching off the Belle Vue Road include Greyfriars Road, Trinity Street, Havelock Road, South Hermitage and Belle Vue Gardens.

Oakley Manor, now private housing, was one of the locations of Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council from the 1970s to the early 2000s, before the council moved to a purpose-built Guildhall in Frankwell.


Belle Vue has an Anglican parish church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, a Methodist church and the Wellspring Apostolic Church, all on Belle Vue Road.

Belle Vue Cemetery

In 1852, a 2-acre Nonconformist cemetery for Shrewsbury was opened on Belle Vue Road but was ultimately superseded by the interdenominational, municipal General Cemetery established on Longden Road further west in 1856. The consequently disused mortuary chapel was demolished after being partly burned down (by children) in 1943. It was on part of the cemetery that the present Wellspring Apostolic Church, whose building had been transplanted from Minsterley in 1949, was erected.[2]


The Welsh Marches Line and Cambrian Line run through the area and meet at a junction called Sutton Bridge Junction.

Notable Residents

  • Samuel Pountney Smith, architect, remodeled The Limes as his own home, where he died in 1876,[3] as well as building Morfe House and Kynnersley House nearby.
  • Clopton Lloyd-Jones, sportsman, winning scorer in the 1880 FA Cup Final - last home at 'Montreux' in Belle Vue Gardens, where he died in 1918.[4]
  • Nick Bevan, rowing coach and schoolmaster, was born at The Limes Nursing Home (a later use of the house built by S P Smith, above) in 1942.[5]

See also


  1. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 22 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Francis, Peter (2006). A Matter of Life and Death, The Secrets of Shrewsbury Cemetery. Logaston Press. pp. 5–6. ISBN 978-1-904396-58-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Death of Mr. S. Pountney-Smith". The Shrewsbury Journal. 7 November 1883. p. 5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Obituary.
  4. "Death of Mr. C.A. Lloyd-Jones". Shrewsbury Chronicle. 8 March 1918. p. 4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Obituary.
  5. "Nick Bevan: Renowned rowing coach and former headmaster of Shiplake College". The Oxford Times. 20 March 2014. p. 45. |section= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>