Advance booking required for this event.
Annual lecture: Gareth Williams presents The Country Houses of Shropshire
Saturday, 13 November, 10.30am
We are delighted that Gareth Williams has agreed to deliver our annual lecture this year. The lecture is planned to be held at Shropshire Archives with numbers strictly limited and pre-booking essential. In the event of COVID restrictions preventing us holding the lecture in person, Gareth will deliver the lecture online via Zoom.
Shropshire is Britain’s largest inland county and it has an extraordinary wealth of country houses, many of them of national and international significance. From the medieval ancestor of leisured domestic architecture at Stokesay Castle, to the Catholic glories of Mawley Hall, and neo-classical Attingham Park – which gives its name to the Trust that is dedicated to the study of the country house – Shropshire holds extraordinary riches. Gareth Williams has been researching this subject in depth and in 2021 published the definitive book on the subject with Boydell & Brewer, comprising a history and analysis of well over 300 houses. This lavishly illustrated talk tells the human and built story of a selection of the homes.
Links to talks on YouTube
Penny Ward’s September 2020 talk ‘Flax Mill People – the American connection‘
Andy Wrigley’s October 2020 talk ‘Recent Developments in Funded Archaeology in Shropshire‘
Sara Downs’ November 2020 talk ‘Bridgewater Revisited‘
Matt Thompson’s December 2020 talk ‘English Heritage Properties in Shropshire‘
Rosemary Thornes’ January 2021 talk ‘The History and Building of the Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Shrewsbury‘
Roger White’s February 2021 talk ‘The Grassy Town: a cultural and literary study of Wroxeter’
Howard Williams’s March 2021 talk ‘The Offa’s Dyke Lockdown‘
Giles Carey’s April 2021 talk ‘Capturing the castles: recent survey work at Caus Castle and Castle Pulverbatch‘
Mary McKenzie’s May 20201 talk: ‘30 years working with Shropshire’s Archives‘
Sale of Ordnance Survey 2nd edition maps
However, you can still enquire about the availability of any particular map or reserve any maps by emailing the Friends of Shropshire Archives. You can view and download the graphical index showing the available maps shaded blue.
We will contact anyone who reserves maps to arrange payment and collection when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.