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From 19 July 2021

July 16, 20219:10 amLeave a Comment

Under step 4 of the government’s road map, many COVID restrictions have been lifted. Shropshire Archives will be return to normal weekly opening hours: Wednesday 10am-4pm Thursday 10am-4pm Friday 10am-4pm We recognise that it may take some time for visitors to adjust to the new arrangements made possible, and that some visitors may be taking […]

letter from Attingham collection

Distance user survey

July 6, 20219:30 amLeave a Comment

This July, Shropshire Archives is taking part in a national survey of ‘distance users’ of Archive services across the UK. The survey will help evaluate trends and improve user satisfaction.   If you email us or contact us through the website we’ll send you a link to the survey. It should take no more than […]

A Most Barbarous and Mysterious Murder

June 15, 20211:28 pmJune 15, 2021 1:33 pmLeave a Comment

Using newspaper reports and cuttings to uncover a murder attempt in 1840.

Quarter Sessions roll

Quarter Sessions rolls index

May 28, 20211:01 pmMay 28, 2021 1:28 pmLeave a Comment

Do you have a criminal ancestor? Or perhaps one who was a judge or a coroner? You can now search the Shropshire Quarter Sessions rolls between 1831 and 1920 on FindMyPast to find out more. The original index was created thanks to years of dedicated work by Shropshire Family History Society volunteers. What are Quarter […]

Henry Sacheverell’s Progress

May 12, 20218:01 amLeave a Comment

I was intrigued to find, within the old local studies manuscript collection, notes regarding “Dr Henry Sacheverell’s progresses from London to Sellatyn and from Sellatyn to Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, 1710” ref 6001/4072. A “progress” is usually a term associated with the monarch and a custom which would have fallen out of practice by the 18th […]

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The Rowton Meteorite

March 12, 202110:52 amLeave a Comment

A meteorite landing on a driveway in Gloucestershire has been an unusual event, but Shropshire too, has a claim to an exceptional meteorite. We are fortunate that the events on the afternoon of the 20th April 1876, were reported in some detail in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 1882.  Above the […]

Introducing Charlotte, Countess of Bridgewater

March 5, 20219:05 amLeave a Comment

For International Women’s Day on 8 March this year, Archivist Sara Downs considers the life of Countess Charlotte Catherine Anne Egerton…. Whilst researching the Bridgewater family for the talk to the Friends of Shropshire Archives and the Shropshire Archaeology Society in November, I became acquainted with Countess Charlotte Catherine Anne Egerton, wife of the 7th Earl of Bridgewater and sister-in-law to the eccentric 8th Earl. I learned that the Countess continued to live at Ashridge, the family mansion of the […]

Shropshire’s LGBTQ+ history

February 23, 202112:14 pmLeave a Comment

As part of LGBTQ+ history month, which is celebrated throughout February, staff at Shropshire Archives have investigated some of the resources we hold. These are a couple of examples from our collections. We are very aware that there will be many other examples of LGBTQ+ material within our holdings and plan to investigate this further […]

My experiences as the intern at Shropshire Archives

February 10, 20213:05 pmFebruary 11, 2021 11:50 amLeave a Comment

I joined Shropshire Archives just over three years ago in November 2017 as the new intern. As a history graduate, a career in archives suited me perfectly (I wasn’t keen on the other option a lot of history graduates take of becoming a teacher!) and this job provided me with the ideal introduction to it. […]

Two women papermakers

February 2, 20211:49 pmLeave a Comment

While searching for other records I came across this apprentice indenture showing that William Nock was apprenticed to Sarah Falkner, a paper maker, in 1768. This made me wonder how widespread papermaking was in Shropshire and how unusual it was for a woman to be involved in the industry at this time. The first confirmed […]