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.

Lecture on 2 April, on ‘Newport: a townscape in its landscape’

In this lecture Professor Richard Hoyle will present the early results of Victoria County History’s researches into the landscape of Newport, Longford and the Astons, drawing in particular on the maps of William Hill made at the beginning of the 1680s. By combining the map evidence and written sources, the medieval landscape can be tentatively reconstructed.

Richard Hoyle is chair of Victoria County History, Shropshire. He was formerly Professor of Local and Regional History at the Institute of Historical Research and Director of the Victoria County History.

Newport and District History Society volunteers have assisted with this research and further work is ongoing to support the production of the much anticipated VCH Red Book of Newport. If you would like to hear more and perhaps get involved please join us to support this fascinating project.

  • The venue, Cosy Hall, Newport, TF10 7LD, will be open from 14:00 on Saturday 2 April, with the meeting to begin at 14:30
  • The lecture will commence around 14:45, and the event is expected to finish by 17:00
  • Refreshments of tea and coffee will be provided.

Tickets available via Eventbrite – Admission £6 – all profits to VCH Shropshire’s research in Newport.

A gazetteer of nonconformist places of worship in Shrewsbury

We are pleased to make available a draft of the Gazetteer of nonconformist places of worship in Shrewsbury.


Other work continues

Work continues on other aspects of Shrewsbury history. Dr Judith Everard and Wendy Horton are busy on the account of the parish churches of the town which will be ready towards the summer. We are making good progress on the transcription of Henry Pidgeon’s Salopian Annals, and this is yielding a mass of new material including some which will feed into the Nonconformist Gazetteer and the account of parish churches. We can still do with one or two more transcribers if anyone is interested in helping.

We are pleased to announce that we have received grants from Wem Rural Parish Council and the John Pagett Trust of the Wrekin Historical Group, the latter to be spent on Newport (about which we will say more in a future newsletter). The grant from Wem Rural has the requirement that we should find matching funds: who would like to give us £800 and earn our gratitude? We are delighted too that the Walker Trust have given us a further award in support of our work.

A date for your diary

29 October Annual meeting and lecture. We have an exciting lecturer arranged!

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