Memory Corner March 28th 2019

Friday March 28th, 1794

JONES, gentlemen’s and ladies’ shoemaker, near the New Bridge, Abbey Foregate, would think himself wanting in respect if he did not return the most sincere thanks to the ladies and gentlemen of Shrewsbury and vicinity for the many favours conferred on him since his commencement in business… A fresh assortment of fancy goods, of the newest fashions, have just been received from London – ladies’ coloured shoes, 7s 6d; black Spanish shoes, 5s 6d; gentlemen’s boots, £1 3s; short boots, £1 0s; dress shoes, 8s 0d; bound shoes, 6s 6d; servants’ boots, £1 2s; strong county shoes on the lowest terms.


Friday March 26th, 1819

John Mytton

AMONG THE PETITIONS to Parliament is one from the labourers in husbandry [agriculture] of the County of Worcester praying “that some means might be adopted to enable them to live by their labour, and thus prevent them deriving their bread from the alms of the parish”.

HUNTING – Mr Mytton’s hounds meet this day at Aqualate; tomorrow at Rudge Heath; on Wednesday at Halston Kennel; on Thursday at Porkington; and on Friday at Petton Hall.


Friday March 26th, 1869

SALOP INFIRMARY – number of in-patients discharged in the week to Saturday last, 17; died, 1; admitted, 17; total number remaining in the house 108; number of additional outpatients entered on the books in the week ending Saturday last, 61.  Benefactions – 12 rabbits from CS Lloyd, Leaton Knolls; bundle of old linen from Mrs Andrews, Church Stretton; offertory in Whittington Church, per Rev WW How, £8 3s 4d; legacy under the will of the late Mr John Francis Darlington, who died at the Salop Infirmary, £21.


Friday March 28th, 1919

LANDSLIDE – the main road leading from the Borough to Hanwood near Water Lane at Port Hill Road was completely blocked on Wednesday night by a huge fall of earth, some scores of tons in weight.  The ground, which formed part of an embankment in front of the residence of Mr Henry Morris, in sliding onto the roadway, carried with it many trees and shrubs, some thirty or forty feet of privet hedge, and a wall which supported a winding footpath leading to Mr Morris’ house.  A horse and cart had hardly passed the spot when the avalanche put an end to vehicular traffic for the night, and policemen were posted at different points to divert it.  So little noise accompanied the fall that it failed to attract dwellers in the houses only a few yards away.


Friday March 30th, 1979

NEARLY 300 BOOKS have been returned to Shrewsbury Library since the fines amnesty was launched earlier this month.  Mr Roy Field, deputy county librarian, told the Chronicle yesterday, “We are now halfway through the amnesty period and so far, the record for the longest overdue book is 19 years.  It was a gardening book, and so it is to be hoped that the borrower has now got a magnificent garden.  Most of the books returned have been legitimately borrowed, but we are also interested in retrieving books that should not have been taken in the first place. An example is the Pears Encyclopaedia of 1955 which was returned to Shrewsbury Library, although clearly labelled ‘for reference only’.”


Thursday March 31st, 1994

SHREWSBURY’S much-needed north west relief road is like a mirage in the desert – it will never become a reality, a county councillor has forecast.  The £33 million road from Shelton to the north of the town will be a victim of ever-tightening clampdowns on council spending, claimed Councillor Martin Beardwell.  “The signs are not good.  I don’t think it will every happen,” he said.  He gave the warning when the county council’s transport committee discussed its future programme.  Councillor Beardwell wanted the council to start working on alternative measures to help Frankwell, the area most affected by traffic the relief road would ease. County Surveyor Mr Keith Madelin’s report on the transport policy programme suggested putting the relief road in for a 1997-8 start.  But he warned that this was “ambitious” as there was no guarantee the money would be forthcoming.  He made no comment on Councillor Beardwell’s warnings.


Thursday April 2nd, 2009

Grant Holt

[SHREWSBURY TOWN] boss Paul Simpson has saluted top scorer Grant Holt after he was named League Two’s player of the season at a lavish London awards ceremony – one of two top prizes to come Shrewsbury Town’s way in the capital.  Holt walked off with the basement division’s top prize at the Football League’s annual awards night, held in conjunction with FourFourTwo magazine, at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.  Holt was not the only Town man to pick up silverware in London, for general manager Jon Harris, a lifelong supporter, also collected the League Two family club of the year award on the club’s behalf.