Memory Corner, September 28th, 2017

Friday September 28th, 1792

A RUN-AWAY APPRENTICE – Whereas Richard Davise, an indentured apprentice to Edward Vaughan, carpenter and joiner in Ellesmere, has run away from his said master’s service, this is to caution any persons not to employ or harbour him, or they will be prosecuted according to law.  The said Richard Davise is about 19 years of age, about 5 feet 4 inches high, brown complexion, dark hair, droops in his shoulders and squint in one eye.  Any person giving information of the said Richard Davise, so that he may be apprehended, shall receive one guinea reward, from the same Edward Vaughan.


Friday September 26th, 1817

LETTERS from New South Wales state that two vessels have been taken possession of by desperate convicts, and that they proceeded to sea.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL P of the Scotch Greys committed suicide on Thursday near Portman Square, by taking opium.  Derangement, owing to wounds received at Waterloo, was the cause of this melancholy event.


Friday September 27th, 1867

Thos Corbett and his sons, pictured in 1894

SHREWSBURY ROYAL BATHS, Coton Hill, are now open for the season.  Swimming taught by the proprietor gratuitously.

Hot baths                                                                                                        1s 0d

Swimming bath, 6am to 6pm                                                             0s 6d

Swimming bath, 6pm to 9pm                                                            0s 3d

MR T CORBETT’S AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS – few makers of agricultural implements in the kingdom, perhaps, have won for themselves a greater share of honour during the present year than Mr T Corbett, of the Perseverance Iron Works, Shrewsbury.  Shropshire farmers must, by this, be well convinced of the merits of Mr Corbett’s machines.  Mr Corbett has exhibited his machines at a large number of agricultural shows during the year; and in every instance he has carried off one or more prizes.


Friday September 28th, 1917

THE WAR – Early on Wednesday morning, Sir Douglas Haig resumed the offensive on a front of nearly six miles east and north-east of Ypres, and as a result of a heavy day’s fighting all the objectives assigned to our troops are gained.  After the repulse of one fierce counter-attack, another undertaken with large forces in the afternoon succeeded in pressing back our line slightly.  An immediate reaction by our men recovered practically the whole of the lost ground.  The prisoners already number over one thousand, and the enemy’s losses are said to be very heavy.

LOSSES of British merchant ships through submarines reported last week are below the average.  Of vessels over 1,600 tons, 13 were sunk, against 8 the previous week; of vessels under 1,600 tons, two, against 20.


Friday Sept 30th, 1977

Howard Street warehouse, formerly the butter and cheese market, 1851

A SHREWSBURY BUSINESSMAN is planning to buy the town’s controversial Howard Street warehouse and turn the derelict building into a sports, arts and social complex.  The businessman, Mr Robert Freeman, emphasised yesterday that the scheme would be a joint project involving his company and the other groups interested in saving the 140-year old former British Rail warehouse, who are planning to form the Howard Street Conservation Trust.  Mr Freeman said that British Rail had offered to sell the warehouse and a figure had been mentioned although negotiations were still going on.


Thursday October 1st 1992

SHROPSHIRE’S ‘SALE OF THE CENTURY’ at historic Pitchford Hall, near Shrewsbury, made owners Caroline and Oliver Colthurst more than £1 million.  Conducted by Christie’s, the sale achieved its target, and brought in £1,226,055 at the end of the second day on Thursday.  The first day realised £540,000.  “Several items did not reach their reserve price and their subsequent sale will have to be considered,” said Mr Robert Holden, art dealer acting for the Colthursts.  Some art treasures were saved for the nation, including a £60,000 group portrait of Sir Francis Ottley and family by Petrus Troueil, which Mr Holden is negotiating to donate to Shrewsbury museum service.  The mansion is on the market for a reputed £750,000, and several private buyers are said to be expressing an interest.


Thursday September 27th, 2007

TOWN STRIKES GOLD – AT THE DOUBLE – a week of celebration has followed the Shrewsbury in Bloom team’s ‘amazing’ gold medal double whammy – and the party is only just starting.  Despite a ‘dismal’ summer, months of hard work paid off as the town was awarded a gold medal in the Entente Florale Europe competition at Ripon Cathedral last Friday.  The next day, Shrewsbury did it again with a second gold medal at the International Communities in Bloom ceremony in Canada.  Chairman of Shrewsbury in Bloom Stan Sedman said it had been an ‘amazing’ weekend.  “Representatives from all over Europe were present at the ceremony which took place in Ripon Cathedral and our award of gold was one of six, which shows the high standard and prestige of this particular competition,” he said.  “To receive gold was tremendous, and we were told that the voting was unanimous across all the judges, which is unique.”