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Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury home granted Grade II listing

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Unchanged redbrick house, where parents of famous first world war poet learned of his death in 1918, listed by English Heritage

An Edwardian redbrick semi-detached house on the outskirts of Shrewsbury is being honoured on Monday with a Grade II listing, not for its modest architectural qualities but for the man who spent his last two days of leave there in 1918, before returning to France and death in the trenches.

Wilfred Owen, one of the most famous of the first world war poets, was killed in action on 4 November, just days before the Armistice. It was at the house, 69 Monkmoor Road, that his parents learned of his death as the bells of Shrewsbury cathedral were ringing to hail the end of the war.

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