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’
Saturday 13th June 1908: Nine year old John Alfred Williams appears at the police court in Shrewsbury charged with shop breaking and theft. A well known young miscreant in Shrewsbury, he had been in constant trouble with the law, but this time – inspired by a famous burglar – his hilarious attempt to throw the… Read More 1908: Boy Desperado – Imitating a Notorious “Bergler”
Most of the stories I cover date back more than a hundred years – but here’s one well within living memory. In July 1977 Terry Rushworth was walking by Sundorne Pool in Shrewsbury. He looked over and saw what he thought was a “blackened tree stump sticking out” about 20 feet from the bank. He… Read More 1977: Miracle Saves Man In Mud Trap
On Saturday afternoon, 11th November, Shrewsbury Town were playing host to local rivals Madeley at their pitch on Sutton Road in Shrewsbury when a nasty tackle led to a 23 year old being carried off. After the game his condition quickly went downhill, as reported in the Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid-Wales Advertiser:… Read More 1893: Footballer killed by tackle in bad tempered match.
May 1857: Vicious cock fight at the Lion and Pheasant What decent self-respecting Victorian pub would go without some wholesome entertainment for its patrons. “A cock fight of an aggravated kind took place, in the presence of 150 persons, at the Lion and Pheasant, Shrewsbury, a few days since. Five persons were taken into custody,… Read More 1857: Vicious Cock Fight Raided
A notorious Shrewsbury landlord is summoned to court for trouble at what is now The Salopian Bar – but turns out he can’t remember which bit of bad behaviour they want him for: “William Gittins was summoned for being drunk on licensed premises, at the Globe Inn, Smithfield Road. Defendant said that the charge was quite… Read More 1884: “DRUNK IN HIS OWN HOUSE”