Memory Corner August 8th 2019

Friday August 8th, 1794

LATELY DIED AT WHITBY, in the 109th year of his age, Henry Wells.  He was born four years before the landing of the Prince of Orange, consequently had seen the reign of eight British monarchs.  Until very lately he enjoyed a sound state of health, and as his eyesight was bad, he was led about the streets by a poor woman, carrying on his shoulders a sample of doormats for sale, of his own manufacture.

TOMORROW the commission for holding the Assizes for this county will be opened at the Guildhall.  There are but few prisoners to take their trials.


Friday August 6th, 1819

T. BAKEWELL very respectfully informs ladies and gentlemen that he intends to deliver his popular LECTURE on the nature, causes, means of prevention and cure of MENTAL COMPLAINTS in Shrewsbury on Friday evening 20th. The lecture will be interspersed with a number of anecdotes and interesting relations of the superior talent and wit of lunatics, as illustration of T Bakewell’s theory that lunacy is not a disease of the mental faculties, and not in the least disgraceful.

[Editorial] – The subject of Mr Bakewell’s lecture (see advert) is of great importance to human happiness, and we are informed that it is much calculated to dispel those gloomy apprehensions of insanity which many entertain who are in no danger of the disease but what arises from their fears.


Friday August 6th, 1869

Field margins

MR DALRYMPLE, MP for Bath, intends to move next session that it is desirable to legislate for the proper reception, detention and management of habitual drunkards.

A BRICKLAYER in Peckham, named Dowsett, was found cut to pieces on the railway.  He was only 20 years of age, and married, and committed suicide in a state of drunken remorse at having broken a temperance pledge.

A NOBLE LORD gave his tenants orders not to plough within four feet of their hedges on their farms in Lincolnshire and Rutland, in order that the thistles and weeds might grow as a further shelter for the birds and hares.  It is surprising what effect it has had in furthering the object in view… Pheasants, partridges and hares were never so numerous as at this present time.


Friday August 8th, 1919

SHROPSHIRE’S tribute to her fighting sons and “the glorious dead” at Shrewsbury on Tuesday was an impressive and memorable event.  Visitors from a distance who had attended peace celebrations in London and other great cities asserted that Shrewsbury was second to London only.  Although 60,000 to 70,000 participated in the celebration, the crowds were so well behaved that there was not a single police case arising out of the rejoicings.


Friday August 10th, 1979

SHROPSHIRE’S PLANNING CHIEF, Mr Michael Law, this week claimed that the go-ahead for two big superstore developments in Shrewsbury was “a hollow victory”.  And Mr Law warned that in a few years’ time the town could end up with no more jobs in the shops business, few price savings and town centre shopping of “lower and lower quality”.  Mr Law was commenting on recent public inquiry decisions to allow the Co-op to build a big new superstore just off Harlescott Lane and SaveRite to double the size of its existing store nearby.  Councillors refused planning permission for both developments – mainly because they were worried that trade in the town centre would be hit.


Thursday August 11th, 1994

Armoury refurbishment

A MULTI-MILLION POUND leisure and shops development can now go ahead after an eight months delay caused by a row over an ancient building.  Property developers Morris and Co plan to build a £2,500,000 riverside complex at its former warehouse site at Welsh Bridge.  The Department of National Heritage had put the blocks on the development.  The Georgian building attracted the interests of conservationists because it was first built as an Armoury on London Road in 1806.  In 1919, just after the First World War, there was a shortage of bricks, so Morris and Co decided to move the building, brick by brick, to create the new bakery.  “The irony is that we never intended to demolish the old armoury,” said the company’s development manager Mr John Onions.  “We intend to restore the building to its former glory at a cost of £400,000.

Armoury 2015








Thursday August 13th, 2009

ADAM SHANTRY, the local lad now an established part of Glamorgan’s bowling attack, showed he can bat a bit too as he compiled a brilliant maiden first class century to set up his club’s first County Championship win of the season.  Shantry, a former pupil at Shrewsbury’s Priory School, enjoyed his big moment at Colwyn Bay when he shared in a remarkable 197 ninth wicket stand with former England spinner Robert Croft.  The 26-year-old later did his bit with the ball, taking two key wickets in the Foxes second innings, including former Shrewsbury School sensation Jimmy Taylor, as Glamorgan triumphed by an innings and 72 runs.