Memory Corner November 7th 2019

Friday November 7th, 1794

NO INTELLIGENCE whatever has now been received from the British Army since Tuesday.

A STRANGE FLUCTUATION of stock has prevailed for several days, indicative, in the opinion of some people, of much grave speculation entertained on the subject of war and peace.  The funds yesterday experienced a rise at one time of near two per cent.


Friday November 5th, 1819

THE STATE of the country becomes daily more and more critical.  County and other meetings are being held in most parts of the kingdom by two parties equally high and honourable in the state; one demanding enquiry into the conduct of the Manchester authorities [into the ‘Peterloo’ massacre], the other deprecating any prejudging of that question, and expressing their determination to support the Throne and Constitution against the treasonable designs of the Radicals.


Friday November 5th, 1869

THE ELECTION of two Town Councillors for each of the five wards of the Borough took place on Monday.  The proceedings of the day were devoid of much of the drunkenness and disorderly conduct which has, too frequently, been witnessed on such occasions.  The cause of this undoubtedly was that the successful candidates put themselves forward otherwise than by the old system of bribery and “open” public houses.  Another reason was that the polling places were not, as formerly, held at public houses, a mode of conducting an election which could not but tend to bad results.


Friday November 7th, 1919

Trumbull Car

FOR SALE – 1916 Trumbull four-cylinder 13 HP two-seater light CAR.  Spare interchangeable wheels, electric light and horn, klaxon horn, extra air.  Tyres and mechanical condition perfect; any trial.  Price £190

“GUY FAWKES” DAY – the “Memorable Fifth” was observed in Shrewsbury on Wednesday on the largest scale known in the town for many years.  Bonfires were lit in all parts of the town, and local tradesmen did a “roaring” trade in fireworks.

SWEEPING GAINS were made by Labour in the borough council elections throughout the country on Saturday.


Friday November 9th, 1979

A SHREWSBURY COMPANY is planning an early start on one of the town’s most important development schemes for many years. The scheme is for the redevelopment of an extensive block of property stretching from Hills Lane – adjoining the Barker Street bus station – to Mardol.  The property has been bought by the well-known Shrewsbury firm of builders Frank Galliers Ltd.  The 185ft frontage onto Hills Lane contains a terrace of 10 three-storey period town houses and a former pub.  They are all listed buildings, although most of them have been empty and derelict for some years.


Thursday November 10th, 1994

A RUDE AWAKENING was in store for suspected burglars and housebreakers across Shrewsbury when police raided homes in a big crime crackdown this week, codenamed Operation Bumblebee.  Police vans and unmarked cars drew up at the homes of suspects at 6am on Monday, the result of months of evidence gathering and planning by the West Mercia force.  Teams of officers searched rooms and clothing, recovering a haul of stolen property including credit cards, car stereos, insurance certificates, a mountain bike, door locks, golf clubs and welding equipment.  Latest figures for Shrewsbury and Oswestry show that on the first day of Operation Bumblebee 27 people were arrested on suspicion of burglary, handling stolen goods and drug related offences.


Thursday November 12th, 2009

A WOMAN competing in her first year of motorsport has shot to the front of the grid, sweeping the board at her club’s annual awards lunch.  Peta Marshall, an environmental consultant, of Lyth Hill, won both the Morris Lubricants Loton Park Championship and the Loton Park Silver Salver Ladies’ award driving a Porsche 924s.  Keeping it in the family, Peta’s husband Brian, who also competes at Loton Park in his Porsche 944, collected the Committee Trophy for his efforts.  Both drivers will be working on their cars over the winter in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Loton Park, with a full season of special events planned, starting in March next year.