Memory Corner December 5th 2019

Friday December 5th, 1794

BY THE LATE succession of heavy rains it appears that the winter corn is much damaged, but that the turnips have flourished surprisingly.

DIED – ON FRIDAY LAST Mr Job Thomas, a faithful, honest man, and many years a valuable gardener to the Longnor family.

THIS DAY IS PUBLISHED The Christian’s Pocketbook for the year 1795, containing thoughts on the redemption of time, especially in evil days.


Friday December 3rd, 1819

Butter and cheese market, 1851

EMBELLISHED with a view of the NEW BUTTER MARKET, which is now erecting in Shrewsbury, this day is published, THE SHREWSBURY ROYAL ALMANACK for the year 1820; calculated for the general utility of the counties adjoining Shropshire and the whole of NORTH WALES.  Guide to mail and other coaches, water conveyances, and all carriers to and from Shrewsbury, the surrounding places and North Wales.


Friday December 3rd, 1869

THE SOUP KITCHEN – at a meeting of the Soup Kitchen committee, it was resolved to open the kitchen on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, commencing on Saturday next; that subscriptions be solicited in aid of the funds; and that no one be allowed to purchase tickets excepts subscribers.  Tickets can be bought at the Soup Kitchen.


Friday December 5th, 1919

THE EARLY CLOSING ASSOCIATION has received the sum of £25 from Messrs Bradley of Chester, who have over 100 branches, towards the Association’s special efforts to secure a 7 o’clock compulsory closing of shops throughout the country.

THERE WILL BE no issue of premium bonds.  The House of Commons on Monday night came to this decision by 276 votes to 84.  The Chancellor of the Exchequer opposed the proposal, arguing that it was not worth while to confront the evils inherent in it for the doubtful advantages to be derived.


Friday December 7th, 1979

WHILE MOST PEOPLE are now planning for Christmas, Shrewsbury Town management and playing staff will have ‘operation survival’ as top priority.  On the Friday before Christmas week Shrewsbury will be visiting Sunderland for the last match of the first half of their Second Division programme.  If Town achieve the near impossible in getting maximum points from that game and the two preceding matches at Fulham tomorrow and West Ham at home on the following Saturday, they will have totalled 19 points, which would be only just on course for the 38 which, I submit, must be the objective to survive.


Thursday December 8th, 1994

Orthodox Church, 1991

A VIRTUALLY DERELICT old church in Shrewsbury has been given a new lease of life.  The church, St John’s at Sutton Farm, was bought earlier in the year by the Orthodox Christian Church for just £50.  But it is expected to cost them somewhere near £80,000 to bring it up to scratch.  St John’s is now a chapel-sized stone church [but] a far larger stone church fell victim to the Reformation in the 16th century.  There is evidence that a place of worship existed on the site around 850AD.


Thursday December 10th, 2009

TWO MORE DATES have been added to a run of the hit play about Shropshire’s Silhouette factories after tickets sold out.  Chris Eldon Lee’s musical play about the famous underwear manufacturer completely sold out in Market Drayton and Shrewsbury last month, including three additional shows.  Tickets for the extra performances will go on sale tomorrow.