On Thursday 18th August 1898 preparations for the fireworks were well underway. But, as a Birmingham firm were getting the display ready – and explosion ripped through one of the buildings scattering the workers and sending one flying. Here’s the full account as recording in Wellington Journal on Saturday 20 August 1898. AN… Read More 1898: Explosion at Shrewsbury Flower Show
Imagine turning up to see a show with a friend, you buy your tickets for the best seats in the house and sit down ready to be entertained for the evening. But just as the performance gets underway four men appear to tell you to move – claiming you’re sitting in their seats! Well that’s… Read More 1924: Theatre fight and vicious slander
It’s a scene that’s often been depicted on screen and in books. A baby is abandoned in a basket or box accompanied by note asking for someone to adopt the poor little child. In April 1894 a story appeared in newspaper across the country reporting a similar incident at a train station near Oswestry.… Read More 1894: Abandoned baby and £200
In 1968 music producer Mike Steyn was looking for a sound with a difference – something deep solid and powerful for his next musical master piece. Famous for his work with Blaster Bates, and a man who took inspiration from industrial environments he headed to Shrewsbury, and found exactly what he was looking for at… Read More 1968: Sewage Pumping Station in Bid for the Charts!
The story of a dusty old chimney sweep who swept a fair neighbour off her feet caused much hilarity in a Shropshire village in 1883. But who was the “gay Lothario”? The story appeared in March in both the Wellington Journal and Eddowe’s Journal and reads as follows. A Shropshire Elopement in Humble… Read More 1883: Cheating Chimney Sweep of Sytch Lane
Sitting in the graveyard of St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury is a curious headstone. It belongs to a man called Benjamin Beach. But it doesn’t contain just the usual religious platitudes you’d expect to find – it tells the story of the poor man’s sad and painful demise at one of the town’s most popular inns.… Read More 1801: Brain Fever Kills Travelling Businessman.
In July 1893 Prince George, Duke of York, and future King George V, married Princess Mary of Teck. The good people of Shrewsbury marked the occasion in spectacular fashion! Here’s how it happened according the the Wellington Journal. The event which had awakened interest among the greatest nations of the world, and which Thursday… Read More 1893: Royal Wedding Celebrations