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Cataloguing the Bridgewater Collection

December 17, 20203:41 pmLeave a Comment

Hello! I’m Sara Downs, an archivist at Shropshire Archives. This year I commenced PhD research about women landholders in Ellesmere and Whitchurch 1760-1860. The main documents that I need to complete the research are in the Bridgewater collection (ref 212) held at Shropshire Archives. As some of you will know, there is an existing hard copy […]

Printable short guides

Lots more lists online

November 27, 202012:04 pmLeave a Comment

We always say it’s worth checking our online catalogue frequently as we constantly add new material. This is true now more than ever. We have finally transferred onto our website all the remaining catalogues, previously only available as paper lists on our search room shelves or online as part of the National Archives website, Discovery […]

More early census returns

November 24, 202010:07 amNovember 24, 2020 10:21 amLeave a Comment

During the latest lockdown we’ve added more census indexes and images to our website. The indexes were created by our wonderful volunteers. We hope this opens up access, allowing you to find that elusive ancestors or conduct a statistical analysis of the population. Wellington census, 1821 You can now browse and search for names in […]

Wellington settlement examinations

November 10, 202010:34 amLeave a Comment

During the first lock down, while working from home, I started cataloguing a volume of settlement examinations for Wellington, ref P291/L/3/1. I’ve just completed this and the index is now online complete with digital images. The examinations begin from September 1821 and extend to 1830, with some later notes added. They provide a fascinating glimpse […]

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 […]