Henry Pidgeon's Diary


Henry Pidgeon's Signature

Henry Pidgeon's signature

Henry Pidgeon (1806-71), a retail chemist in High Street, Shrewsbury, and Borough Treasurer for 31 years until his death, is better known as an antiquarian and writer. His book Memorials of Shrewsbury was first published in 1837 and went through a number of editions. It gives a clear and accurate description of the buildings and institutions of the town in the middle of the nineteenth century, and is very valuable as a local history resource. Pidgeon also kept a personal diary of events in the town, which he grandly titled ‘Salopian Annals’. Most of the volumes for the period 1823-30 are in the Shropshire Archives.


Extracts from the diaries form the basis of the articles first published in Shrewsbury Today. You are welcome to reproduce any of the written material, but any illustrations from the Shropshire Archives are only to be used with their permission.


Butcher Row
Health, Wealth, and the Perils of the Poor
Cemetery stone
A Grave Situation
Tern Hall
Smallpox and Measles in 1823
Jubilee Baths 1910
Death in the River
Victorian schoolchildren
An Unusual School