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Shropshire Archives reopens in a phased way from Wednesday 29 July

Help us raise money

The Friends of Shropshire Archives have now met their target in the appeal to save the original manuscript of the Life of Sir Philip Sidney by Fulke Greville.

Print of Sir Fulke Greville
Fulke Greville PR/3/412

The unique manuscript of the Life of Sir Philip Sidney by Fulke Greville (6001/295) requires urgent conservation work to prevent it deteriorating further.

Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586) was one of Elizabeth I’s pre-eminent courtiers. A scholar, poet and soldier, he died at the age of 31 at the battle of Zutphen in the Netherlands. Both Sir Philip Sidney and Fulke Greville (1554-1628) were educated at Shrewsbury School, arriving on the same day in 1564, and became lifelong friends.

The Friends raised £1,800 to ensure the long-term preservation of this unique volume. We will also digitise the volume to make its content widely accessible. Thank you to everyone who donated.

Although this appeal is now over, you can still donate to Shropshire Archives.

From time to time, important Shropshire historical documents come up for sale. We rely on your generosity to be able to purchase them and preserve them here in Shropshire.

Past purchases

David Parkes sketch book volume 1

David Parkes sketch of Worthen church

 1818 sketch of Worthen church 7675/210

We’ve recently purchased David Parke’s sketch book volume 1 (ref 9431) with donations and the generous help of the Victoria and Albert, the Friends of the National Libraries and Friends of Shropshire Archives. David Parkes travelled around his native county of Shropshire, making innumerable drawings of antiquities and picturesque objects.

We’ve digitised the images from the second sketch book (ref 7675) , which was already held here, and  you can view thumbnails and download high resolution images online: David Parks sketch book volume 2

Henley Hall estate records

A collection of estate records from Henley Hall near Bitterley was purchased by the Friends of Shropshire Archives. The records date from the late 19th Century, and include legal papers concerning a long running dispute over water rights between the Henley Hall and Downton Hall estates, which was eventually debated in the Court of Chancery in London. These will be reference 9056.

A video magnifier

A Schweizer handheld video magnifier which can enlarge small or difficult text and also adjust the background and freeze the image.

1835 estate plan of Stanton Lacy

Dodmore estate plan SA-IMG19339
A Map of Dodmore Estate in the parish of Staunton Lacey, 1835 8672/1


Your help has ensured that this significant and beautiful parchment estate plan is retained and made accessible in Shropshire.

The plan covers the Dodmore Estate in Stanton Lacy owned by Frederick Nash in 1835. It gives information on the occupation of the land and details of land drainage, which is unusual in a plan of this date.

The plan also includes a delightful representation of a half-timbered house on the estate.