Memory Corner July 25th 2019

Friday July 25th, 1794

THE LATE seasonable rains have been of infinite importance to the corn fields. All the assistance the crops were capable of receiving at this period of the year must be effected by it.  The prospect of turnips also, which before was very precarious, is nevertheless greatly improved.

MARRIAGE – Miss Lewis of Nantgwillt, Radnorshire, a young lady possessed of a fortune of £20,000, was recently married to John Lewis, a young man who had, for the past two years, and until a short period previous to the union, been employed in the family in the capacity of a ploughboy.


Friday July 23rd, 1819

Hodnet Hall

A FEW DAYS AGO twelve workmen in the employ of Richard Heber, Esq, of Hodnet Hall, assembled in the trunk of an oak tree growing on the lawn before the house, to regale themselves with the contents of a barrel of old stingo, and to drink prosperity to the worthy owner.

TWO REASONS are assigned for the prorogation [discontinuation] of Parliament for so short a time as the 24thAugust. One, the spirit of discontent manifested in the country; the other, that the Lord Chancellor, who is expected to leave town about that time, may not have his vacation broken in upon by his being shortly called back to town, as would be the case were the prorogation fixed for a later period.


Friday July 23rd, 1869

NEW CRICKET CLUB – cricketing, which for some years past has been rather neglected in Shrewsbury, seems likely soon to assume a strong position in the town, several new clubs having recently been established.  Among them is “The Morning Star Cricket Club”, the members of which, young men chiefly connected with business establishments, meet for practice in the early morning.  Apart from trading considerations, this seems to us to be the best time – at any rate during the present hot weather – for indulging in the noble game.


Friday July 25th, 1919

THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION offers a reward of one guinea for information and evidence necessary for prosecuting persons deliberately placing broken bottle etc. on the roads. For a considerable time, motorists have suffered from this dangerous practice, and numerous cases have been reported by the Automobile Association to the police authorities, but the latter are unable to prosecute or take action without evidence concerning the delinquents.

BREEZE Ltd for best and cheapest HOUSE COALS.  Write or telephone CASTLE FOREGATE, SHREWSBURY, telephone 107. Telegrams: Breeze Ltd, Shrewsbury.


Friday July 27th, 1979

REPAIR WORK to Shrewsbury’s 18thcentury English Bridge will cost in the region of £1,000.  It is believed that a high-sided vehicle could have caused the damage which left a 10 feet wide hole in the bridge’s balustrade early on Sunday morning. Shrewsbury police, who still want to hear from anyone with information about the mystery incident, say the bridge was struck sometime between 2.30 and 5.30am.  Later in the week divers were called in by Salop County Council’s surveyor’s department to scour the bed of the River Severn for the broken pieces of sandstone.  And yesterday Mr Raymond Mare, county surveyor, told the Chronicle, “Some of the missing section was recovered, but because it is so badly smashed it will have to be replaced… The cost of repairs will probably be about £1,000.”


Thursday July 28th, 1994

Eileen Sandford

LEADING SHREWSBURY TORY, Councillor Eileen Sandford, has rebelled against the official Government line on homeless young mothers.  Councillor Sandford claims there is no evidence to suggest that teenage girls deliberately become pregnant to jump the housing queue.  Single mothers have been singled out for blame by several Tory leaders, including social services secretary Peter Lilley, over the past year. Former housing secretary Sir George Young recently announced plans to restrict the statutory duty to house homeless young people.  It means young mothers will now normally end up in private or hostel accommodation. But Councillor Sandford said she wanted to distance herself from the proposals.  “In my twelve years on the borough council I have not met one young mother who deliberately had a baby in order to obtain a house,” she said.


Thursday July 30th, 2009

ALLOTMENT owners have been buzzing with excitement this week after being told they may be allowed to keep bees on their plots, after a surge of interest in the hobby. Shrewsbury councillors have been inundated with requests from allotment holders asking if they can keep bees.  As a result, [councillors] have drawn up a list of guidelines regarding the care of the creatures, and regulations the beekeepers should abide by.  But despite now having a list of guidelines, the decision of whether or not hives will be allowed will rest with the individual allotment committees.  The new guidelines suggest that no more than three hives should be allowed on any allotment site.