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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

Our planned sale of 2nd edition 25″ scale Ordnance Survey maps dating from the early 1900s has been cancelled.

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.

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