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Mystery of the chimney stacks

October 24, 201911:15 amLeave a Comment

During the cataloguing of Ted Picken’s photographs, volunteer Tony Price came across the following intriguing photograph…. He writes…. “In the Ted Picken box was a large photograph of a big house, completely burnt to the ground, with only three large chimney stacks standing.(PH/B/34/85/243)  Two men are looking at the camera.  Could one be the owner? […]


Picken photographs

October 5, 20191:53 pmOctober 18, 2019 2:25 pmLeave a Comment

The fabulous photographs of Bucknell from the Edward (Ted) Picken collection are now available on our website. This largely due to the work of volunteer Tony Price who has added descriptions to the catalogue and painstakingly researched the Picken family and provided background to the photographs. As the photographs are of Bucknell, they are under […]

letter from Attingham collection

Distance user survey

October 5, 201912:24 pmLeave a Comment

This Autumn, Shropshire Archives is taking part in a national survey of Archive Service ‘distance users’. 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 5 to 10 minutes […]

Annual lecture

Annual lecture, 16 Nov 2019

September 20, 20191:06 pmSeptember 20, 2019 1:08 pmLeave a Comment

Women of Excellent Understanding: The Wives and Daughters of the Lunar Society The Friends of Shropshire Archives are delighted to welcome back Dr Kate Croft to deliver their annual lecture ‘Women of Excellent Understanding: The Wives and Daughters of the Lunar Society’. The men of the eighteenth-century Lunar Society are well known, but what about […]

Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll

September 18, 20191:28 pmSeptember 18, 2019 1:32 pmLeave a Comment

Discovered in a London antique shop in 2015 and dating from c.1580, the beautiful Ludlow Castle Heraldic roll contains 42 coats of arms of some of the owners of Ludlow castle, presidents and members of the Council in the Marches of Wales from the 11th century to the 16th. It records the arms painted in […]

Researching for a play

September 6, 20199:13 amSeptember 6, 2019 9:16 amLeave a Comment

A blog post by Philip David Jones who volunteered at Shropshire Archives last year as part of his English Degree. ‘No, Father, not everything is available on the Internet. It was actually during a school trip to Shropshire Archives that I discovered a Victorian entertainments bill, which I asked to see and then photographed.’ During […]

Building control plan Mount Street DA16-710-14-10

House history, starts 5 Nov 2019

August 16, 20192:24 pmSeptember 5, 2019 8:40 amLeave a Comment

This course is now fully booked. It is a popular course which we run on a regular basis. If you would like to go on a waiting list, please email: [email protected]    Every house has a story; tracing the history of your property and finding out about the people who lived there can be absolutely fascinating […]

More Picken photographs

August 7, 20193:33 pmLeave a Comment

Our volunteer photograph cataloguer, Tony Price, has been doing more research on the wonderful Picken photographs. He writes… Having met a descendant of the Picken/Cooper family, Jo Whitaker, I was able to put some names to photographs, and add more information and stories behind them. In the last addition of the Friends of Shropshire Archives’ […]


July 17, 20192:43 pmJuly 17, 2019 2:44 pmLeave a Comment

A cartulary is simply a register (or compilation) of deeds and charters that relate to land ownership. They were particularly popular with monasteries in the late medieval period as a way of reaffirming endowments that had been made in previous centuries. By copying the abbey’s most important charters into a cartulary, monks were able to […]

Annual lecture

Shropshire, space and the moon landing

July 10, 20191:28 pmJuly 10, 2019 1:29 pmLeave a Comment

On the 20th July we will be celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing. Earth dwellers have always been fascinated by the night sky with its stars and planets, and often obsessed with Earth’s satellite, the Moon. From the archives, we can find evidence that the past people of Shropshire shared in this […]