Memory Corner, October 19th 2017

Friday October 19th, 1792

STATE OF THE IN-PATIENTS at the Infirmary on Saturday last – discharged cured, 2; made an out-patient, 1; [left] at his own request, 1; died, 1; admitted, 9; remaining in the house, 53

TO WARRENERS and others – to be let for a term of years, and entered upon at Lady Day next, or sooner: A valuable and extensive RABBIT WARREN capable of taking some thousand couples yearly. For particulars apply to the printer.


Friday October 17th, 1817

WE REJOICE TO STATE that on Friday last it was determined by a new joint company of proprietors to re-commence part of the extensive ironworks at Ketley, in this county, which had been put out of blast nearly two years ago, in consequence of the decay of the iron trade.  These works will give immediate employment to about 700 colliers and miners, and furnish food for their numerous families.  During the past fortnight the following iron furnaces in the vicinity have also been re-kindled and put into activity – at Madeley Wood, 2; the Horsehays, 2; Old Park, 1; Wrockwardine Wood, 2; Snedshill, 1 and Donnington Wood, 2.


Friday October 18th, 1867

AT THE BOROUGH POLICE COURT ON MONDAY, James Edward Morris, a labourer, was brought up under a warrant charged with deserting his family.  Mr Richard Price, assistant overseer of the parish of St Mary’s, said that three of the defendant’s children had been chargeable to that parish owing to his desertion of them.  Two of the children were then in the House of Industry.  Defendant, who is a widower, was employed at the sewerage works at Coton Hill, and was in receipt of 18s a week, which employment he left on 26th August, and had contributed nothing towards the support of his family since.  Police Constable Price saw the defendant in Castle Foregate on Saturday night, and told him he should take him into custody.  The defendant said he would go with him; he went quietly for a few yards and then made a ‘bolt’.  The officer followed him in hot pursuit and came up with him as he was clearing a wall in Simpson’s Square, securing, however, only a portion of his clothing. From thence the chase continued till it reached a ditch near the Coton Hill sheds, which the defendant jumped in, with the constable after him, whereupon the defendant was caught and secured.


Friday October 19th, 1917

St Julian’s Friars

CYCLING ACCIDENT AT SHREWSBURY – On Tuesday a boy named Herrick Dovey (6) son of Mrs Dovey, Brook St, was knocked down by a cyclist in St Julian’s Friars. Dovey received a nasty injury near his eyes and was taken to the Royal Salop Infirmary for treatment.  Such accidents are by no means uncommon in St Julian’s Friars, and the riding of cycles in this narrow thoroughfare is a dangerous practice.



Friday October 21st, 1977

MEMBERS OF THE WHITE HART SOCIAL CLUB in Mardol, Shrewsbury, are planning a charity event which could turn out to be a staggering success!  Next Tuesday twenty of them will set off from the White Hart for a sponsored “drinking tour”.  They will visit 20 pubs in the town, drinking half a pint of beer in each.  Money which they raise from their sponsors will be given to the Chronicle Community Chest.  One of the organisers, Mrs Megan Carter of Mount Street, said: “We are asking friends to sponsor us for 5p or more for every half pint we manage to drink.  We have three women joining in, but it is doubtful they will complete the course.  We are, however, confident that most of the men will manage it.”  Needless to say, the drinking tour will be completed on foot!


Thursday October 22nd, 1992

Recreation of Brother Cadfael’s herb garden at visitor centre

COUNCILLORS WILL TONIGHT BE ASKED whether two listed buildings in Shrewsbury should be converted at a cost of around £500,000 into a “Brother Cadfael” tourist attraction.  Such a scheme, members of the borough recreation and leisure committee will be told, could draw 75,000 visitors a year to the town.  The Cadfael exhibition-interpretive centre would be based in the former Abbey Infirmary and nearby Queen Anne House, which are both owned by the borough council.  The project would help the Abbey 2000 scheme and would mean that the future of buildings, highlighted as being at structural risk, would be safeguarded.  A Brother Cadfael TV series is to be screened shortly.  It is expected to massively boost the already huge interest in the fictional monk-sleuth, created by Shropshire author Ellis Peters and based on Shrewsbury Abbey.


Thursday October 18th, 2007

GARY PETERS INSISTS he is relishing the challenge of halting Shrewsbury Town’s run of four straight defeats as he prepares for Saturday’s trip to in-form Bury.  Peters is remaining calm, despite a sequence of results which has seen Town drop into the wrong half of the table for the first time this season, stressing, “I’m not going to lose my head when all around are losing theirs.”  Peters, a man renowned for his ability to improve the fortunes of struggling teams, will now be calling on all his experience to end Town’s lean spell, the worst of his near three-year reign as Shrewsbury boss.  “We’ve just got to keep together, work hard and turn it round,” said Peters.  “This is the side of the game people have employed me for. These are the times I flourish.  To get a team who are on a downer at the moment and get them going again, that’s what I do best.”