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Pre 1841 census returns

September 4, 20208:59 amLeave a Comment

Indexes and images of some of the pre-1841 census returns are now available to view on our website for free. Background Generally, the 1841 census was the first national census to include names of all individuals. Counts of the population were taken since 1801. In a very few cases, the unofficial records compiled locally to […]

Railway Plans – LNWR

June 24, 20203:33 pmJune 26, 2020 8:55 amLeave a Comment

If you are a railway enthusiast, you might be interested in one of the latest lists to go on our online catalogue. This is a collection of railway plans for the London and North Western and Shropshire Union Railways. The London and North Western Railway was formed in 1846 by the merger of the Grand […]

Alberbury Priory

June 18, 202011:03 amLeave a Comment

We are adding many new lists to our online catalogue.  These were previously only available as printed lists onsite or via the National Archives website. One of these lists is for a small collection relating to the Alberbury Priory, ref 1123. Alberbury Priory was built between 1221 and 1226 by Fulk Fitz Warin (III) originally […]

Adams Grammar School, Wem

June 10, 20209:05 amLeave a Comment

Archives intern, Meriel Lees, writes…. As part of my archives course last year, I catalogued a collection of school records, the school in question being Adams Grammar School in Wem. Cataloguing an entire collection from scratch can be tricky as it was often created (and sometimes deposited) many years ago, so it is sometimes difficult […]

The Pentabus Collection

June 3, 20206:02 pmLeave a Comment

If there is anyone who knows how to re-imagine and re-create it’s Pentabus, Shropshire’s own nationally acclaimed theatre company based in Bromfield near Ludlow. Senior Archivist, Sal Mager, tells us more.. Pentabus has always been keen to work closely with local communities and in the past has gathered stories through oral and photographic history projects […]

Rev Williams’ watercolours

May 20, 20204:15 pmLeave a Comment

Rev Edward Williams painted a lovely series of watercolours, which are invaluable to anyone studying local church history.  The images have been on our online catalogue for a little while but if you’ve not seen them before they are well worth exploring. The watercolours were purchased at auction by Sir Offley Wakeman, who presented them […]

Edward Pryce Owen sketches

May 13, 202011:15 amJune 24, 2020 4:19 pmLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives has recently catalogued and digitised a volume of over 100 sketches by Edward Pryce Owen, [Shropshire Archives ref 6001/201]. They were produced during the 1820s and 30s and show locations in Shropshire, the Peak District and Wales. The subjects are varied, and include landscapes, boats, architecture, figure and animal studies. Many show places […]

More More records

April 29, 20209:07 amLeave a Comment

The material relating to the More family of Linley deposited at Shropshire Archives is extensive – taking up over a hundred boxes.  As well as the newer family material ref 9071 (discussed in previous blog posts) there are other collections that have been housed at Shropshire Archives for some time.  These include: 445 Records from […]

Evacustes Phipson

April 24, 202010:55 amApril 24, 2020 11:27 amLeave a Comment

Watercolourist and Radical Socialist Watercolours by Evacustes Phipson are in the collections of numerous county museums and archives as well as the V&A, London. Shropshire Archives has two volumes of his paintings ref 6001/1235 and 6. There are also examples of his work in the archive’s postcard collection. Phipson’s subject matter was principally old buildings […]

Hope-Edwardes of Netley

April 21, 20209:23 amLeave a Comment

This continues the blog post on the More of Linley papers. The second part of the cataloguing project concerned the papers of the Hope-Edwardes family of Netley Hall now online at Hope-Edwardes (9071/B). The family held estates in Shropshire at Greete and Harnage as well as at Netley and also a substantial amount of property […]