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Annual lecture 2017 – The Road to Enlightenment: Shropshire 1750-1830

Saturday, 17 November 2017  

We were delighted to welcome Dr Roger Bruton to deliver our annual lecture on the subject of ‘The Road to Enlightenment: Shropshire 1750-1830‘.  Roger’s lecture was a comprehensive guide to the effect on Shropshire of improvements in transport and communications, industrial development and agricultural improvements. The overarching theme was the sharing of ideas, knowledge and experience in the ‘enlightenment’ spirit of the age. After a Q&A session, coffee was served, and the audience was invited to view original documents relating to the lecture.

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Bishop’s Castle History Day

Saturday, 30 September 2017

A day celebrating the history of Bishop’s Castle with excellent talks on subjects as diverse as Sir Albert Howard, community archaeology, the railway, and Myndtown Church all kicked off with an introduction to some aspects of the town’s history. Over a dozen local history groups mounted a fine exhibition of their work and interests. During the afternoon we enjoyed tours of the town and its museums as well as the Three Tuns brewery.

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Walking tour of Bridgnorth

Wednesday, 9 August, 2017

A delightful guided walk of Bridgnorth by Blue Badge guide Dorothy Nicholle followed by a cream tea at the Old Mill Antiques Tea Room. From the Castle at the south end of town to St Leonard’s Church at the north end, Dorothy took us through some of the key events in Bridgnorth’s history, peppering her talk with fascinating stories and introducing some of the characters from the town’s past.

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Combermere Abbey

Tuesday, 18 July, 2017

The Friends had a glorious day for their visit to Combermere Abbey where we enjoyed a fascinating guided tour from Myra Logan around this interesting building.

The Combermere Abbey Estate sits on the border of Shropshire and Cheshire between the market towns of Nantwich and Whitchurch. Its important contribution to the history of Cheshire and the North West since 1133 has been well-documented and it remains an inspiration for many. Originally a Cistercian Monastery and later home to the Cotton (Combermere) and Crossley families, it has entertained many well-known personalities.

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Lilleshall Hall

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Originally built in 1831 as a country house and hunting lodge for the Duke of Sutherland, Lilleshall Hall is set in spectacular and secluded surroundings, within the Shropshire countryside. Our guide for the afternoon, David Adams, talked about the history of the Hall and led a tour of the garden. The Friends held their short AGM at the Hall, and tea and cakes were provided.

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Beggars can’t be choosers

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Poor Law Event

Alison Healey presented an introduction to the old and new Poor Laws and the effect they had on the lives of ordinary people. As well as explaining the Poor Law system, Alison sprinkled her talk with engaging stories of individuals who received or were refused relief and the challenges faced by parishes in dealing with the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor. Many original Poor Law documents were on display.

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Annual Lecture 2016 – William Hazledine, Ironmaster Extraordinary

menai-bridge19 November 2016

Andrew Pattison presented an introduction to the life of ironmaster William Hazledine (1763-1840) who provided the ironwork for Ditherington Flax Mill and the Menai Bridge. Andrew has spent many years researching Hazledine’s career and recently won the Benjamin Baker medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers for his work.

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Shropshire History Day

western-front-315 October 2016

Over 20 local history groups, enthusiasts and experts gathered at Shire Hall to enjoy a day of talks covering canals, Shropshire and the Western Front, the Historic Environment Record, and medieval seals.  There were updates from Shropshire Archives introducing their new online catalogue, Mark Hignett discussing the First World War trenches project at Park Hall, and the Clun Look Back project. Partnering with the Shropshire Remembers project, the day was interspersed with a Tudor entertaining reflecting the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

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Weston Park

10 August 2016

Weston Park

The Friends enjoyed a wonderful visit to Weston Park made immensely interesting by having a personal guided tour from curator Gareth Williams. Gareth’s in-depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for Weston Park and its outstanding collections created a fascinating afternoon introduction to the house, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour.

Weston Park was the seat of the Earls of Bradford from the 17th century and was gifted to the nation by Richard, the 7th and present Earl. The tour will take in the Front Hall, with its tribute to the 3rd Earl’s love of horses, the Victorian Library furnished with over 3,000 books, the unique Gobelin tapestries, and the stunning Dining Room, which houses one of the country’s most impressive collections of paintings including works by renowned artists such as Sir Anthony Van Dyck.

 

 

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Old Oswestry (Hill Fort) and Town Museum and Town Archives in the Guildhall, Oswestry

5 July 2016

P1080135Heather Hidden gave us an excellent and informative guided tour of Old Oswestry Hill Fort, one of Britain’s most impressive hill forts. She highlighted some of its 3,000 years of history, from bronze age beginnings to World War 1 practice trenches as well as pointing out local landmarks. The weather was kind and we enjoyed wonderful panoramic views across the North Midlands and Welsh Border.

We then visited Oswestry Guildhall, built in November 1893 to replace the old Guildhall which was declared unsound. Mark Hignett introduced us to the delightful features of the Town Museum on the top floor housed partly in the old court rooms, and provided us with very welcome mugs of tea. Down in the basement Sara Downs showed us the impressive Town Archives which hold many deeds, charters and Town Council records.

It was an energetic, exhilarating and very enjoyable afternoon.

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