Map of Newport area 200 years ago

In the British Library’s Online Gallery  contains over 300 Ordnance Surveyors’ Drawings .  They were drawn in the 1810s by surveyors as the preliminaries of the First Edition of the One Inch Ordnance Survey Map.  Sheet Number 41 Shrewsbury which Newport features in the north east edge was eventually published in black and white in 1833.The early drawings was made in coloured pen and ink and at large scale of 2 inch to the mile.


Part of the Newport area 1814

To explore in more detail and to look at the rest of this fascinating drawing and the other drawings in the Market Drayton and Stafford area, use the internet website of Common Wikimedia. Here is the image:,_Telford_and_Wrekin_(OSD_208).jpg



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Out with the field group

Hi all the field group have been out and about in High offley again today 31/07/2016 and we had a couple of very nice hammered coins come up the one on the left is a Charles the first Sixpence and the other is a Elizabeth the first sixpence both in very nice condition. Well done to Martin and Steve on two nice finds.


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Field work with the Newport brownies

Newport history society And the Newport brownie’s had a great night out last night 14/07/2016 doing some field work, they were involved with field walking looking for pottery and other items on the surface, they were also involved in doing some metal detecting, I have to say that the finds table at the end of the night was very impressive. Can i just say from a personal point, it was a pleasure working with the brownies last night.



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Wem History Day

Wem History day jointly organised by friends of Shropshire Archives and Victory County History organisation on Sunday 26th June 2016

Bryan Lloyd and Linda Fletcher attended this event. It was held in Wem Town hall. The first speaker was Richard Hoyle who runs the Victoria County History via his post as Professor of Regional and Local History at the University of London. The day was intended to focus on Wem History, for whom the VCH is researching with local volunteers a history of Wem. This is intended to be a ‘short’ that is to say a small paperback book study focussed on a single place. This will be published next year. He gave us a history of the Victorian County History series, which started in 1897 as commemorating Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. VCH in many parts of the country ran out of money in the first years of the 21st century; this included Shropshire and the research ceased. Shropshire has recently been revived with this ‘short’ history of Wem. After this, the intention is to turn their attention to Newport. It is not yet clear whether Newport will start as a ‘short’, the research for which will then lead on the full ‘red book’ on Newport and the Weald Moors. Some of the research for the ‘red book’ was researched by Janice and David Cox several years ago.

Other talks on this History Day included a history of Wem land and townscape and one on Wem in the Civil War. There were also walks around the town in the afternoon which included breweries and pubs, the High Street and a church tour.

Judith Everard is being employed to write the Wem history, and this will be published next autumn. It is likely that our Society will ask her to talk to us both about the Wem project, which should enable us to find out what the VCH plans for Newport and the Weald Moors are; how we can help with any research, and for her to meet us all.

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Heritage Trail

The new Newport Shropshire Heritage Trail book is now on sale at the pop up Newport in the guild hall priced at £4.50 i picked my copy up on Saturday and i can say it is well worth the money, well done to all involved in producing it.



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Newport Show

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Tuesday 7th June 2016

Evening walk to Coppice Bank from Newport  Rugby Club. Short walk to view the site of early  finds and also to see the nearby 19th century iron shooting butts. Finds from both areas will be available to look at. Meet and/or park at the Rugby Club at 7pm. Park on left hand side of club on the grass if other spots are full as this is a training night.

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