Welcome to the home page of Victoria County History (VCH), Shropshire. Here you can find out about our work on the history of the county of Shropshire, details of our activities and other news. Here we make available drafts of our publications, including sections of VCH Shropshire VI: Shrewsbury Part ii. We welcome comments on these, including corrections and amendments.

Annual meeting

As of 29 September, there are still plenty of tickets remaining!

Shrewsbury War Memorial

Our annual meeting will be held this year at 14:00 on Saturday 26 October at Central, Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Claremont St, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QG. when our speaker will be Dr Nick Mansfield, Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Central Lancashire on ‘The aftermath and memorialisation of the Great War in Shropshire’.
The format will be as in previous years:

14.00 Annual meeting, with a review of the year’s work

14.30 Tea, cake and other refreshments

15.00 Annual Lecture

As in previous years there is no charge for the meeting but we welcome donations towards the costs of the day and for the general advancement of VCH’s work in the county. Please register through Eventbrite to be sure of your cake!
Poster for Annual Lecture 2019
[Poster PDF]

It’s Happening!

‘What is happening?’ I hear you say. The Wem Short is finally under way. At the time of writing (the last week of August), we have second proofs before us which are being indexed. What we do not yet have is a date for publication, but we would be disappointed if we do not have copies in time for Christmas. When we have a publication date, and a price, we will let you know.

The task of seeing the Wem Short through the press means that other areas of research have progressed less than we would have wished, but Dr Judith Everard continues to draft text on the townships of Wem Rural, of which more anon.
Wem Short

History of Newport

We are making a start on Newport. The Newport History Day on 11 May was a great success with a good turn out and well-received lectures by Judith Everard, Linda Fletcher, Wendy Horton and Richard Hoyle. The scoping study for Newport was well and truly launched. There was a good selection of displays about the history of the town. The Newport Scoping Study and our leaflets are still available on the VCH Shropshire website.

The immediate consequence is a small group has been established which is transcribing the Valuation Office Survey (sometimes called the Lloyd George survey) made immediately before the First World War. This is the key document for understanding Newport just over a century ago.  

Newport Town council have also made the Newport History Society a grant to pay for a new measured survey of the frontages of the buildings in the High Street of the medieval town. Richard Hoyle’s lecture on 11 May suggested that the new town of Newport might not be all it seems, and whilst proof is naturally elusive, a new measured survey of Newport might well shed light on its early origins. Wendy Horton is managing this for the Newport History Society and we will report on how it goes later in the year.  

Read more about our work on Newport.

An evening of Music and Mummers

Newport History Society

Invite you to an evening of Music and Mummers
A fundraiser for writing a new and definitive history of Newport

Music: Newport’s Beaumaris Singers entertain with British folk songs, including local songs

Drama: Newport Mummers Play (as written down in 1879)

Saturday 16 November at 7.30 p.m.

Cosy Hall, Newport

Tickets £10 which inclused a glass of mulled wine in the interval.

Tickets and further information [email]

Or from the Newport History Society Web Site
Image of poster
[Poster PDF]

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The Committee and Web Manager

Please don’t stop reading! We are a busy working committee always interested in co-opting onto our membership individuals committed to our aims and interested in the history of the county. We can offer lots of opportunities. Since Nigel Semmens moved from Shropshire late last year, we have lacked someone with the time and energy to handle our publicity, and our long-suffering web manager would like to step down. If you have skills in either of these fields and would like to join a go-ahead and enthusiastic committee, we would love to hear from you at r.w.hoyle@reading.ac.uk. Further details of the Web Manager’s duties.