During the Civil War, buildings were pulled down if they were too close to defensive positions so that defending troops had a clear line of attack. In Shrawardine, this type of demolition was especially destructive.
This is an entry from the parish register, which is a replacement for the one destroyed in the war. It details how, when Shrawardine Castle was garrisoned for the King, the church and chancel were pulled down and outbuildings of the castle, the parsonage and ‘the fairest and best part of the town were burnt for the safety (as it was pretended) of the said Garrison’. There is perhaps a justified sense of resentment in this record because, when the castle was besieged by Parliamentary forces, the garrison surrendered after only five days.