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Shrewsbury is known as a town of significant medieval heritage, having been founded ca. 800 AD. It was in the late Middle Ages (14th/15th Centuries) when the town was at its height of commercial importance. This was mainly due to the wool trade, a major industry at the time, with the rest of Britain and Europe, especially with the River Severn and Watling Street as trading routes. During the 13th century there was frequent warfare between the English and the Welsh. Shrewsbury was, obviously, in the front line because of its location. In 1215 Shrewsbury was captured by the Welsh under their leader Llewelyn the Great, however the Welsh only held the town for a short time. Nevertheless warfare between the English and the Welsh continued througout the 13th century.