Memory Corner April 9th 2020

Friday April 10th, 1795

A RIOT took place in Plymouth Dock on account of the dearness of the provisions, when the mob and some soldiers who were off duty took possession of the Market Place and sold all the butchers’ meat at three-pence per pound, and also all the fish, vegetables, etc at a very reduced price to the poor… Lord G Lennox turned out the military, went round the town himself and restored tranquillity.


Friday April 14th, 1820

THE VISIT of two young chiefs from Australasia ended with every prospect of their becoming a blessing to their country.  They spent several months in Shropshire, under the care of Rev George Mortimer of Madeley… They had opportunity of witnessing the coal, iron and china work, which filled them with astonishment and delight, and made them deeply feel the wants of their own country.


Friday April 15th, 1870

THE BUDGET – speculation as to what the Chancellor of the Exchequer intended to do with his imposing surplus of nearly £4,500,000 has been busy… The result is that Income Tax is reduced to 4d in the pound… The great middle classes of the country will be grateful for the reduction… The reduction of the duty on sugar by one half is a step towards the realisation of Mr Bright’s idea of a “free breakfast table”.  These two items absorb so large amount of the surplus that the other reductions are small and unimportant.


Friday April 9th, 1920

Cross Houses Hospital 1992

ATCHAM BOARD OF GUARDIANS – At a meeting of this Board it was stated that an inspector had been sent from the Ministry of Health to inspect the Berrington [Cross Houses] Hospital with a view to ascertaining if it was suitable for an orthopaedic hospital.  It was not found suitable, but it had been suggested that it might be taken over by the County Council for a mental deficiency hospital.


Friday April 11th, 1980

WORK on the 16-bed cobalt unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital should be under way by the end of the year.  This was the prediction made yesterday by the Mayor of Shrewsbury and Atcham Councillor Bernard Lingen, as the cobalt unit fund soared above the £600,000 mark.  He said that now the half-way target had been passed, the actual cobalt bomb, a highly sophisticated piece of the equipment, was on order from a firm in Crawley, Sussex.  The Mayor said the Salop Area Health Authority plans for the building itself were at an advanced stage and would be going out for tender very soon.


Thursday April 13th, 1995

A SHREWSBURY BUSINESS STUDENT has transformed his frustrating job search with an eye-catching innovation. Rod Plummer of Beechwood Drive and the University of Wolverhamption has come up with the idea of putting all his details on a computer disk to create more impact with employers.  He now hopes his Visual CV can be developed to help others streamline their all-important job applications.  Rod sends the programme to prospective employers through the post, along with a welcome pack explaining how to use it.  He has been sending the disks for just six weeks but has noticed an immediate response.


Thursday April 15th, 2010

Mytton Antique shop

A 17TH CENTURY building which houses a family-run business is set to be given a major revamp – to the delight of staff who have managed without running water for 25 years.  Owners of Mytton Antiques, along the old A5 near Atcham, will no longer have to bring bottled water into work – or make to with a chemical toilet in an outhouse – after National Trust officials agreed to bring the Grade II-listed building up to modern standards.  The work, which will include improved drainage, will also put an end to the problem with flooding which has affected the ground floor after heavy rain.