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House history, starts 22 Jan 2019

September 28, 201810:28 amJune 5, 2019 10:43 amLeave a Comment

Every house has a story; tracing the history of your property and finding out about the people who lived there can be absolutely fascinating but can also be time consuming and possibly frustrating. Old buildings have often been altered and since documents rarely give a date of construction, it is unusual to be able to […]

Old Post Office, Bucknell. Photograph nd. E Picken (Bucknell) collection.

Ted Picken and Bucknell

September 7, 201812:13 pmOctober 8, 2019 11:01 amLeave a Comment

A blog post written by Anthony Price, volunteer researching photographs at Shropshire Archives. Tony was featured when Midlands Today visited Shropshire Archives (6 Sep 2018) and talked about the Picken photographs. He’ll be researching and writing more about this fascinating photographer in the future and at the same time we will be digitising the photographs. […]

(c) Heather Mager using Della Porta photographs from Shropshire Archives

Stepping into the future

September 6, 201812:56 pmLeave a Comment

This blog was written by Heather Mager, a student who worked with our photographs for her A level photography project, merging old with new… For my A level photography coursework, I picked the given title ‘Changing Landscapes’ out of the options available. I wanted to look into how my home town of Shrewsbury has changed […]

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Wilfred Owen centenary

August 16, 20182:05 pmJune 5, 2019 10:44 amLeave a Comment

Following a successful launch at Shrewsbury Abbey on Saturday 4th August, the programme of events commemorating the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death in 1918 is well and truly underway. The Abbey event saw almost 140 guests listen to speeches by the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Cllr Peter Nutting; the Mayor of Ors (the town in France […]

Finding Old Poor Law records

August 10, 20188:08 amOctober 2, 2018 7:41 amLeave a Comment

Parish collections Most of our Old Poor Law documents can be found in the parish collections under ‘L’. For example, ‘P68/L’ is the reference for Poor Law administration for Claverley. Records found within the parish collections may include: Overseers’ accounts (if you can’t find these under ‘L’ it is worth looking to see if they […]

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Escaped hot air balloon

July 20, 201811:03 amLeave a Comment

In August 1906 at Shrewsbury Floral Show, held in the Quarry, a Mr Spencer was offering a ‘bird’s eye view’ of Shrewsbury from his tethered hot air balloon, for which he was charging 50 shillings (£2.50). On a Wednesday evening the tether and retaining rope broke. The balloon with its occupants, including Mr Spencer, flew […]

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Sunday school adventure

July 20, 201810:56 amLeave a Comment

An Article in the Wellington Journal dated 8th August 1885, regarding a Sunday school ’Treat’ Six hundred (!) children and visitors from the Hadley Wesleyan Sunday School were taken on a Sunday School treat, from Hadley to Uffington and return. The children assembled at the national school girls’ playground. The younger children were put in […]

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A huge thank you to our volunteers

July 13, 201812:46 pmLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives has added over 19,000 records to our online catalogue following a mammoth effort by volunteers. We’d like to thank over 30 volunteers who have worked tirelessly on the project since 2013. The records, which are grouped together under the reference number 6000 are a collection of charters, deeds, surveys, manorial records, and miscellaneous […]

Poor Relief Under the Old and New Laws

July 7, 201810:32 amJuly 7, 2018 1:38 pmLeave a Comment

Many people don’t realise they have a pauper ancestor until they find them in a workhouse on the census or baptism or burial record. This week I’m going to be looking at how workhouses operated in relation to out-relief in the cross-over years with the Old and New Poor Laws. The Evolution of the Workhouse […]

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Making poems from Archives, Autumn 2018

June 28, 201810:48 amOctober 22, 2018 7:42 amLeave a Comment

A series of six workshops at Shropshire Archives led by poet Jean Atkin. Each week Jean will introduce you to a different element of the Archive’s collections, and provide prompts, guidance and encouragement to enable everyone to write a poem or a piece of short prose. Jean Atkin is a published poet and experienced workshop […]