Memory Corner October 10th 2019

Friday October 10th, 1794

AT THE TOWN SESSIONS on Monday last, Alice Sandford was convicted of vagrancy and sentenced to 14 days solitary confinement and hard labour, and John Farmer, for stealing a quantity of elm timber, and, on another indictment, for stealing fowls, was found guilty of the same, and being an old offender, was sentenced to be transported for seven years.


Friday October 8th, 1819

THE DAUGHTER of a respectable farmer in Carmarthenshire was lately betrothed to a young man in the neighbourhood of Tenby, but “lovers’ quarrels” occurring about three weeks before the day of the marriage, the swain turned on his heel and immediately proposed to another sister, who assented without hesitation… And on the day named for the former marriage the latter took place.


Friday October 8th, 1869

Mardol with Mason’s passage c1870

ALICE BARNSBY, a prostitute, was charged before the Borough magistrates on Tuesday with assaulting Sarah Williams, of Mason’s Passage, Roushill, on the 2nd inst. Complainant said she was sitting in a chair in her own house when defendant came in, pulled her to the ground by her hair and abused her shamefully.  In defence Barnsby said complainant had been drunk for three weeks and was “the nuisance of the shut”. A fine of 5s, and 9s 6d costs was inflicted.


Friday October 10th, 1919

SHREWSBURY TOWN COUNCIL approved proposals to erect 164 houses in a development at Longden Road.  The Deputy Mayor stated that “recent legislation had placed the responsibility of providing houses for the working classes upon local authorities.  He wished them to specially notice that the Act laid down that if a local authority failed to prepare an adequate housing scheme the Minister of Health could empower the County Council to act in the place or at the expense of the local authority.”


Friday October 12th, 1979

SHROPSHIRE is richer by more than 1,000 new trees as a result of a planned planting campaign promoted by the county branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England.  A grant of £2,000 from the Monument Trust in London led to the branch contacting parish councils and other bodies who responded with enthusiasm.  The new trees are mostly native species.


Thursday October 13th, 1994

Minister of Agriculture Selwyn Gummer and daughter eating beef to show it was safe

LATEST FIGURES on BSE, the feared “mad cow disease”, show cases are well on the way down in Shropshire.  Only 167 were confirmed in the last quarter, compared with 220 in the previous period.  Trading standards officer David Roberts said, “this is exactly the pattern we expected, though the number of cases proved to be higher than forecast.”  But Mr Roberts repeated a warning to an increasing number of farmers making false declarations.  “’Miscreants’ were putting the whole of Shropshire’s £300 million cattle industry at risk,” he stated.


Thursday October 15th, 2009

A BAYSTON HILL man is calling time on his rickshaw business because it is no longer viable.  “Rickshaw Phil” Saltmarsh has provided tours for visitors in his cycle-powered vehicle around Shrewsbury’s Quarry since 2007, but after a poor summer he has decided to quit.  He pedalled people around The Quarry at weekends and during bank holidays and school holidays.  The rickshaw carried up to three passengers.  Phil said, “I’m not planning to come back next summer.  I’ve enjoyed doing it, but I had to make a decision based on viability.”