This print is called ‘Shrewsbury in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth’. It is based on an original map of c.1575 and shows what Shrewsbury was like in the Tudor period.
The streets are lined with closely-built houses and the largest buildings are the churches. The town is defended by the castle and towers on the English and Welsh bridges. The loop of the River Severn protects the town but is also busy with traffic. Many goods were more easily transported by boat than by road at this time. Timber is being floated down the river, tied together like rafts which were called ‘flottes’. Men can also be seen ‘bow hauling’, pulling a boat up stream, against the flow of the river.