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.

Wem Book Launch



We are pleased to invite you to the launch of our new history of Wem.
Saturday 30 November
11:00 to 13:00
Wem Town Hall


Come and join us to celebrate the publication of the new history of Wem. Copies of the book will be on sale at a special launch discount (£14). There will be short talks on the Victoria County History’s plans for the future and about its work on Wem Rural.

Please tell us you are coming by registering with EventBrite.
Refreshments are free but we welcome a donation of £5 towards costs.

Speeches and Presentation! Tea and Cake! Buy the Book!
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.

Annual Report and Accounts

The Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19 have been added to the web site.

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.