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.

We are currently looking to recruit a new secretary and treasurer to support the work of the committee. Full details [PDF]...
For those of you stuck at home during the new period of Lockdown and tiring of daytime television, we can offer you a range of materials to transcribe ranging in date from the late sixteenth to the early twentieth century, some for the county as a whole, some for Wem and its surrounds and some for Newport and its surrounds. Something for every taste.

Don’t vegetate – transcribe for us!

If you are interested please send an email to secretary@vchshropshire.org

News

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our treasurer, Dr Chris Fountain, on 13 November following an operation. There was so much more that Chris wanted to do and contribute to history in general and to VCH Shropshire in particular. We will miss his good cheer and wisdom and send our deepest condolences to Alison and their family.

Buy the new history of Wem

Victoria County History Shropshire is proud to announce the publication of its first parish history – Wem, by Judith Everard, James P. Bowen and Wendy Horton.
£16 plus
£2.50 delivery
Wem is a small town in the north of the county. There have been previous histories of Wem including that by the eighteenth-century Wem clergyman and schoolmaster Samuel Garbet. Garbet’s history is an important witness to the town in his lifetime and to its history before his time. More recently there has been a history by Iris Woodward (1952), reprinted frequently, with additional chapters by John Dromgool.

Our new history of Wem reflects the pre-occupations of local historians in the 21st century.

Wem High Street, early twentieth century

It gives appropriate weight to landscape, buildings, social structure, retailing and the developments of the twentieth century. It explores archives which have previously only been skimmed and draws on the wide range of sources which have been made available by the digital revolution in local history. It tells the story of the town from its Norman Castle and early street layout, through church and its unhappy rebuilding, and repeated attempts to improve the environment of Wem, whether the building of a new suburb, the progressive attempts to improve the High Street, the tangled attempts to provide sewage or supply residents with clean water. It makes room for the town’s lawyers and doctors. It also describes Wem’s industries, many of them lost and forgotten, but each of which has left its mark on the town.

It is an accessible book, of interest to both residents of Wem, for whom it tells the story of their community and to other historians of the county for whom Wem has been a largely unknown place. The book is fully referenced and indexed as well as lavishly illustrated in colour.

Wem is 174 pages, with 35 figures, 5 maps: paperback.

Cover of Wem short
     £16 plus
£2.50 delivery

If you prefer to send a cheque, please send a note of the address you want it delivered to (or print and fill in this form) and a cheque for £18.50, made out to
VCH (Shropshire) Ltd.
to:
VCH Shropshire
16 Berrisford Road
Market Drayton
Shropshire
TF9 1JH

You can also find the book in various local retail outlets, including The Wem Bookshop, 81 High St, Wem, SY4 5DR; Pengwern Books, Fish St, Shrewsbury, SY1 1UR; and Shropshire Archives (Wednesday–Thursday), Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, SY1 2AQ, for £14.00, but check to see whether they are open before you travel there.

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