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
It’s a Sunday morning in April and Sarah Jenks pops next door to see her elderly neighbour Mary Watkins. Sarah opens the door, walks in, and she can smell the faint whiff of stale smoke in the air. She catches sight of Mary, who’s covered in soot and whimpering in pain. Sarah gently peelsthe clothes… Read More 1869: Infamous Prostitute’s Painful Demise.
In May 1866 – A gypsy fortune teller appears in court charged with having extorted money from a farm labourer – but any sympathy you might have for her victim will soon vanish when your hear the about the “wicked” thing that he did. Mr Jones first went to see Ellen Roberts to help him… Read More 1866: Fortune teller tricks ‘wicked man’