Monthly Archives: September 2013

Crime in Bridgnorth, 1835 style

Bob Kiernan, one of our sterling volunteers at Shropshire Archives, recently came upon an ‘account for subsistence for prisoners in the goal (sic) for Bridgnorth’. Bob advises that:
“This fragile document lists all the inmates of Bridgnorth gaol between 22nd February and 16th June 1835. It gives details of the term of imprisonment (between 2 and 4 days, which seems very short) and their crimes which are:
*Absconding from an apprenticeship – 1 person
*Poaching – 3 persons
*Embezzling his master’s property – 1 person
*Injuring his master’s property – 1 person
*Groping in a brook (1 person) – was he perhaps ‘tickling’ for trout?
*Felony (2 persons)
*Fishing (1 person)

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Whitchurch History Day

Whitchurch High Street long ago

Whitchurch High Street long ago

Saturday 12th October sees Whitchurch History Day, a day to celebrate all things relating to Shropshire’s oldest town. If you’re connected to Whitchurch in any way you’re going to love it! There’ll be talks, presentations, live music, walks, historic walks and tours. This is a unique opportunity to discover so much about the town and its hinterland and to share your memories and local knowledge. James Gosling will be giving a talk on the life and work of Revd William Egerton, Rector of St Alkmund’s 1846-1908. Peter Brown will be talking about the canal’s towns and Dr Judith Hoyle about the work of the Whitchurch Heritage Centre. Members of the band Jigsmith will be on hand to entertain everyone and there will be a historic tour of Whitchurch and of the parish church too! For those less energetic there’ll be some film too. There’ll even be military re-enactments! Jointly presented by the Friends of Shropshire Archives and by the Heritage Lottery funded project Volunteering for Shropshire’s Heritage the event will take place at Brownlow Community Centre, Claypit Street, Whitchurch SY13 1LF. Shropshire Council’s Archives and Libraries services, along with Whitchurch Heritage Centre will all be represented at the event. This promises to be a memorable day for the town and for all who care about its history and heritage.

We do hope as many people as possible will be able to join us for this terrific event. Councillor Tina Woodward, Deputy Portfolio Holder for Business Growth and Prosperity, said:

“Whitchurch History Day is going to be a wonderful day for anyone with an interest in the town and its hinterland’s history and heritage and a rare and precious opportunity to celebrate this fascinating and ancient town.”

Tickets for the day which starts at 10.30am (refreshments available from 10am) are available from Pat Kiernan, 11 Lime Tree Way, Wellington, Telford TF1 3PJ or contact John Benson (john.benson@shropshire.gov.uk/ 01743 255377). Tickets cost £10 (or £5 for members of the Friends of Shropshire Archives, Whitchurch History and Archaeology Group and Whitchurch Heritage Centre volunteers). We’d love to see you in Whitchurch on the 12th October.

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Window Shopping On The Past

A26Very pleased to report that as of this morning our brand new exhibition ‘Window Shopping On The Past’ is open at Theatre Severn. The exhibition is in the FBC Manby Bowdler Gallery at Upper Circle Foyer Level but also extends into the Chapel Bar. In the main exhibition space you’ll also be able to listen to extracts from some oral histories of shopping in Shrewsbury, some of which relate directly to the Della Portas, whose ancestor was the photographer. The images are very fresh and it seems almost unbelievable that they were taken in the late 1880s. There’s an enigma about them that draws you in and the detail in them in fantastic. The exhibition is free and will be open until 6th January.

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