Memory Corner January 16th 2020

Friday January 16th, 1795

ON TUESDAY EVENING last as several boys were sliding on the River Severn near the Welsh Bridge, one of them discovered a string hanging out of a hole in the bank opposite the Round House, which being pulled brought out a linen purse with silver and gold in the amount of about sixteen guineas.  The money rolled on the ice, which afforded no small diversion for the boys, who were very active in scrambling for the treasure.


Friday January 21st, 1820

Old Victorian gas streetlamp with its wrought iron lantern

SHREWSBURY GAS LIGHTS – at a meeting of the inhabitants of Shrewsbury it was resolved unanimously that ‘it is highly desirable to illuminate this town by gas lights.’ And that ‘a capital of about £8000 will be requisite for the purpose’ and ‘that the sum be raised by 800 shares of £10 each.’  The thanks of the meeting were given to Mr BAGE for the great pains and trouble he has had.



Friday January 21st, 1870

ON THURSDAY December 16th, the Rev G Wyard, junior minister of the Baptist Chapel, St John’s Hill, Shrewsbury, was presented by the members of his Bible class with a walnut book slide and a papier mache inkstand, as a token of kindly regard and appreciation of the high esteem in which he is held by them.


Friday January 16th, 1920

COWS IN A BOOT SHOP – considerable excitement was occasioned in Castle Street about midday on Wednesday owing to two cows entering the premises of Messrs. John Cleland and Sons. The animals walked through the front shop and into the ladies’ department, but although it was with no small difficulty that they were induced to leave the premises, no damage was done by the four-footed visitors.


Friday January 18th, 1980

Styche Hall

ESTATE AGENTS John German Ralph Pay have been instructed to offer for sale Styche Hall, a Grade 2 country house with over 9 acres of grounds at Styche near Market Drayton, at offers over £60,000.  The hall was built for Lord Clive of India.  Building commenced in 1760 and was completed in 1764.  Lord Clive, who attended the free school at Market Drayton, had the hall built on the site of the house where he was born.


Thursday January 19th, 1995

VETERAN newsreader Richard Baker paid a visit to the Shropshire and Mid Wales Hospice at Shrewsbury.  He was in Shrewsbury for a performance of his play about the lives of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Music Hall on Saturday and, since it was in aid of the hospice, he spent Friday afternoon visiting patients and looking round the hospice building. Mr Baker said he became involved with the Hospice movement in the late 1960s and never fails to be impressed by the efforts that go into their provision.


Thursday January 21st, 2010

RESCUED greyhounds from Condover have given the gift of life to dogs less fortunate than themselves by donating blood as part of a national scheme.  Nineteen dogs from the Retired Greyhound Trust’s Moorland Kennels took part in a special day organised by Pet Blood Bank UK. The not-for-profit charity provides a national canine blood bank, giving vets all over the country immediate access to blood products allowing lifesaving blood transfusions for critically ill pets. Donation sessions are normally carried out at veterinary surgeries, but a team visited Condover on Sunday as the kennels have the necessary facilities and a good supply of volunteer dogs.