Memory Corner May 16th 2019

Friday May 16th, 1794

Old St Alkmund’s

WORKMEN have begun to take down that old venerable structure St Alkmund’s Church in this town. Divine service for St Alkmund’s is now performed at St Julian’s Church on Sundays, at nine o’clock in the morning and six in the evening.

TOOTHACHE – cured in a few minutes by a medicine prepared by Mrs Wyles of Chelmsford, Essex, from a manuscript prescription of the late Dr John Fothergill of the Royal College of Surgeons, London.  The great utility of this medicine has been amply proved by the great number of persons who have experienced relief in the most acute cases.


Friday May 14th, 1819

A NUMBER of free settlers have taken their passage for New South Wales in a vessel now lying in the London docks.  This vessel takes out a very handsome stage coach, with two sets of wheels, which is to run between Sydney and Paramatta.

THE LAST CENSUS, taken two years ago, of the inhabitants of North America, makes them between ten and eleven million.  When they declared their independence, they were not four millions.


Friday May 14th, 1869

A NOVELTY in telegraphy is about to be introduced by the French Post Office – that of transmitting money orders by telegraph.

THE COLOURED MAN has made another step towards social equality.  He is now considered fit to contend in prize-fights with whites – Philadelphia Ledger.

A ST LOUIS dispatch informs us that a lady (Dr Miss Adelaide Grennan) has been appointed examining physician of an insurance company of that city.

THE RAINFALL during last week is said to have been unparalleled.  At Birmingham, the rain in seven days was three inches and one fifth in depth.


Friday May 16th, 1919

MOTOR PROSECUTION – Jack Powell, a young man of North Street, Castlefields, was summoned for driving a motor cycle in North Street in a manner dangerous to the public, on May 4th.  Evidence was given by two police officers to the effect that the defendant rode down North Street on a motor cycle at a speed of between 25 and 30 miles per hour, and when questioned by one of the officers said he knew he was doing twenty. Defendant, who pleaded not guilty, was fined 10s.

FOURTEEN MILLION roses have been ordered for the Alexandra Day celebration, which is fixed for June 25th.


Friday May 18th, 1979

STFC crowd 1979

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! – Shrewsbury, normally a “ghost” town on Thursday, was invaded by thousands of football crazy Town supporters yesterday for the crunch match with Exeter City, which meant promotion to the Second Division for the club for the first time in their 29 seasons in the Football League.  There were unprecedented scenes at the Gay Meadow at the final whistle as many of the record crowd for a league match this season invaded the pitch. The players and their young player-manager Graham Turner, who had been the first to acknowledge their triumph as they had made a hasty retreat to avoid the swarming supporters, responded to the supporters by appearing in the directors’ box.


Thursday May 19th, 1994

ON TUESDAY, 15 years ago to the day, many Shrewsbury Town supporters made a sentimental journey back to the night when a 4-1 defeat of Exeter City clinched the Third Division title for the first time.  Exactly 15 years later the championship-winning squad of 1993-4 made a journey of discovery – and discovered the esteem with which they are held by the people of the town.  An open-top bus ride through Shrewsbury prompted jubilation usually reserved for the wedding of a future monarch – but it is unlikely even a royal couple would have received the reception given to central defenders Dave Walton and Mark Williams.  Manager Fred Davies, the players and their wives, and the board of directors boarded the BBC Radio Shropshire Tour Bus at Gay Meadow just before six o’clock and paraded the third division championship trophy through various Shrewsbury neighbourhoods.


Thursday May 21st, 2009

GET READY for the summer of scrappage as the bangers-for-cash scheme takes off and expands. Nissan has already said it will take eight-year-old cars as trade-in against any of its British-built models. The Government scheme is for 10-year-old cars and vans, so the pressure is on makers to come up with the best deals on wheels.  Scrappage sees £2,000 coming off the price of a new motor – £1,000 from the taxpayer and £1,000 from the manufacturer – and it is working.

VISITORS to Shrewsbury Square will be able to try their hand at being a milk maid on Saturday May 23rd.  Daisy the cow will be brought to the town by Shropshire Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute to help children understand more about where their milk comes from. But any visitors who are worried about Daisy stampeding or treading on their toes can rest easy – because she is an artificial cow designed to produce lots of milk and always stand still during milking.