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Shropshire Archives is open in a phased way from 21 April 2021.

Inn sites research, 2021

July 1, 202111:27 amOctober 20, 2021 11:23 amLeave a Comment

We are working with TDR Heritage and Shropshire Council’s Historic Environment team to help research inns in Shropshire. Researchers hope to: learn more about how buildings were used in the past, how old they are and if there have been many changes over the years. collect and celebrate the stories and memories connected to these […]

With the Museum service

June 24, 20213:03 pmJune 24, 2021 3:04 pmLeave a Comment

Shropshire Archives is now managed by Fay Bailey, Shropshire Museums and Archives manager. We already have close links with the Museum Service and will be continuing to develop these. Keep it in the County! The Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery need your help to raise £40,000 to acquire a unique collection of Bronze […]

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 […]

Online talks

May 12, 20217:58 amNovember 29, 2021 4:08 pmLeave a Comment

The Friends of Shropshire Archives and the Shropshire Archaeology and Historical Society put together a varied and interesting programme of talks over Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. This included ‘30 years working with Shropshire’s Archives‘ with Mary McKenzie. Most talks were recorded and available afterwards on YouTube. Visit the Friends of Shropshire Archives website for more […]

Primary School records

April 9, 20219:44 amLeave a Comment

At long last our catalogues for primary (elementary) schools in Shropshire are online!    These lists were previously only available as printed catalogues.  School records reach us in a piecemeal way – from the Local Education Authority, from the school itself, from retired head teachers or from local churches. In the case of Ellerdine school, […]

The Census Enumerator

March 20, 202111:50 amLeave a Comment

This year most households will be filling in the census online. In the past, the responsibility for collecting information fell to enumerators. Between 1801 and 1831, overseers of the poor and parish clergy had provided statistics on the number of households in their parishes and baptisms, marriages and burials recorded in parish registers.  They followed […]

Unexpected birth places

March 18, 202112:30 pmLeave a Comment

A native of Moldavia in Church Stretton The census shows to us the unexpected by revealing the birthplace of all residents. One unusual example is the Zrinyi family resident in Church Stretton in the later 19th and early 20th centuries. Arthur Edward Demetre de Stourdza Zrinyi was born in Iasi in Moldavia, now part of […]

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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 […]