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Chronicler of the Anti-Slavery Campaign

October 13, 202110:42 amOctober 14, 2021 10:03 amLeave a Comment

Chronicler of the Anti-Slavery Campaign.
Katherine's diaries provide a fascinating insight to Shropshire society and the progress of the anti-slavery campaign.

Shrewsbury Drapers visit Oswestry

September 29, 20219:46 amLeave a Comment

We have close links with Oswestry Town Council who hold their own archives at the Guildhall in Oswestry. In this post, the Town Council Archivist, Kerry Evans reports back on a recent visit by the Shrewsbury Drapers Company to the Guildhall. The visit gave the modern day Drapers the opportunity to learn more about the […]

Enclosure awards

August 6, 20215:28 pmLeave a Comment

Shrewsbury Library currently has an exhibition on “Enclosure and Loss of the Commons”. It’s a touring exhibition based on photographs taken by artist Leah Gordon in conjunction with Grain and includes photographs of people who still have common rights over land together with their stories. This might inspire you to delve into historic records of […]

Shropshire Archives entrance

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 […]