Saturday 15 June Lester Stuart

Saturday 15 June  Lester Stuart

Walking tour of Eccleshall 11 – 12:30.

Meet outside the library on the High Street (opposite The Royal Oak).

No charge but please pre-book with Sandra on 07890 342076

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Volunteers meeting Report.

 Volunteers meeting ( Victoria County History Shropshire and Newport  History Society joint project) 28 May 2019


Professor Richard Hoyle chaired the meeting, supported by Dr Judith Everard and Linda Fletcher.  13 people attended in The Guildhall council chamber.


Madame Pigott – following from Judith’s talk at the History day on 11 May.

Judith explained how her review of the papers of Harriet Pigott at the Bodleian Library had provided an insight into Newport life. Harriet returned to Newport in November 1845 and described where she visited and the people she met, including going to see Mrs Burton Borough at Chetwynd Mansion, which had been the Pigott family home. Harriet commented on the rooms and history including the haunted room where the ghost of her grandmother was said to appear.

Judith has given a copy of her transcript to the History Society and given permission for it to go on their website.  She found it in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


Background to the Victoria County History (VCH) project. Richard explained this for the benefit of those who had not attended the history day, that we are intending to write a new and definitive history of Newport


Newport Scoping study identified 4 main outputs:

  • Medieval Newport (sources include documents written in Latin)
  • Buildings, townscape and people (aspects are quite well documented)
  • Newport’s modern history since will include the Industrial Revolution in Newport ( ie canals, railways and factories)
  • Cataloguing the 323 boxes of local Liddle and Heane solicitors documents held in the Shropshire Archives.


Urgent work:

  • Secure funding for and employ a co-ordinator to shape the project and work with Shropshire Archives and volunteers. This is essential , in particular, to enable the Liddle and Heane cataloguing work.
  • Identify and contact local business donors to support the project. VCH are contacting other charities


Roles for the volunteers will include:

  • Transcribing will be an early This will be  the Lloyd George property survey ( see below)
  • Some researching by themes. Anyone interested in specific topics (ie inns, hotels,craft or trade, Primitive Methodists, church buildings) Please contact Linda on
  • History Society work scanning typewriter documents  into pdfs or Word.  Please contact Linda on


Transcribing the Lloyd George property survey c1910-1914

The surveys of 1150 Newport properties, buildings and occupants are listed and held in the National Archives at Kew.

Richard will photograph the records and so volunteers can transcribe the handwritten details onto a metadata sheet and thence to  Excel. This has already been undertaken for the county of Gloucestershire (see )

8 people volunteered to transcribe and input.  Richard will contact them and arrange a meeting in late June, early July to start the work. Potentially all this  information could be matched with the 1911 census data at a later stage and linked with maps / images of the town and properties.



Local Inventories

Inventories are the estates of deceased persons goods, property, animals, debts which give a good insight into how people lived. Barry Trinder lead a group (which included K Gough who was present) which transcribed Newport inventories dated 1650-1750; these are held in the Ironbridge Gorge Museum library.   Sue Tarr and John Ravenscroft agreed to copy the inventories, ready for work to be done on digitisation in the near future and then analysis. Lots of work here for anyone interested in different trades.


We are aware that perhaps some  Facebook or twitter users were not able to  come to this meeting, it being a weekday. If you are interested in any of these project please contact Linda on

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Newport History needs your support.

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Madame Pigott’s Ghost. ?


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A Volunteers Meeting

A Volunteers Meeting for writing the new and definitive history of Newport along the guide lines set out in the Scoping Study.

You can have a look at the study and see which areas interest you, and then come along?. Alternatively you might perhaps like to be our PR person and advertise what we are doing on local radio or to fund raise? You can see that the cost for creating this book will be c £90,000. This is a joint effort between Newport History Society and the Victoria County History so we do need members of both the History Society and members of the public to come along and help. It maybe that you can work at home rather than come to our archives or Shropshire archives. This is certainly a possibility. There is also the opportunity to learn how to read old hand writing from 16th- 19th on a 6 week free course starting in September, which will help with the research
The meeting will be in the Guildhall Council chamber, 1 High Street, Newport ( rear entrance stairs) at 2pm on Tuesday 28th May. Come along and see if you fancy doing anything to help !
Linda Fletcher
Archivist, Newport History Society
For further information, contact me on

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V.C.H Shropshire.


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This summer, History on Foot returns with another 12 local history walks organised by the Wrekin Local Studies Forum. To take part in any of the free walks, please contact the walk leader or organising group.

Tuesday June 4th – “More Gems in Ketley”
Start Point- Ketley Community Centre
Start Time- 6.30pm  Duration- 1 hour, 30 minutes
Walk Leader- Maggie Evans   Contact- 617029 / 252459
A gentle walk around Ketley discovering hidden gems of its industrial past from the incline plane, railway line, Ketley Canal and Parker’s Pool.
Ketley History Group

Wednesday June 5th – “Coalport to Willey Wharf”
Start Point- Coalport China Works Museum car park
Start Time- 7.00pm Duration-2 hours
Walk Leader- Neil Clarke  Contact- 504135
A 3-mile walk from Coalport China Works to Willey Wharf, via the Memorial Bridge, the Severn Valley Way and Tarbatch Dingle, and returning via the SV Way and Coalport Bridge.
Broseley Local History Society

Tuesday June 11th – “Broadmarsh and Plaesc Boundary of Newport”
Start Point- Aldi Car Park Start Time- 10.15am
Duration- 2 hours, 30 minutes
Walk Leader- Bryan Lloyd
A follow up to 2018 walks with information gathered over the last 5 years on remains of the A/S Plaesc boundary.
Newport History Society

Saturday June 15th – “Madeley Canal and Railway”
Start Point- Miners Arms, Prince Street, Madeley
Start Time – 2.00pm Duration – 2 hours, 30 minutes
Walk Leader- Neil Clarke
Walk along the route of the historic Shropshire Canal from Madeley through Blists Hill, to Coalport. Opportunity to view the Inclined Plane, Coalport China Museum; return along Silkin Way finishing at Madeley Market Station.
Madeley Living History Project

Tuesday June 20th – “Makers Dozen Mural Trail”
Start Point- Wellington Library
Start Time- 7.30pm Duration- 1 hour
Walk Leader- Marc Petty
A series of 12 life-sized portraits featuring craftspeople, manufacturers and creatives from several centuries of Wellington’s history painted by Midlands artist Paula Woof.
Wellington History Group/ Wellington H2A

Tuesday June 25th – “Building the Ironbridge 1778 and 1779”
Start Point- Bedlam Furnaces, Waterloo Street, Ironbridge
(pay & display car park, £3).
Start Time – 2.00pm. Duration -2 hours
Walk Leader- David de Haan
Contact- 07966 311812.
Starting at Bedlam Furnaces where the Bridge was cast, then along the riverside path to visit the Bridge and Tollhouse before ending at the newly restored iron bridge.
Friends of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

Sunday July 7th – “Stirchley’s Agricultural and Industrial Heritage”
Start Point – St James Church, off Stirchley Road.
Start Time – 2.30pm. Duration – 2 hours.
Walk Leaders- John and Ida White.
A walk exploring Strichley’s hidden industrial heritage including a visit to St James Church and to the Botfield’s Stirchley Furnaces.
Britannia and Aqueduct Historical Society

Saturday July 13th – “Miners Trail”
Start Point- The Crown Inn, Oakengates
Start Time -10.00am Duration- 4 hours
Walk Leader- Pete Jackson
Contact- or
A walk exploring mining heritage of St Georges, Oakengates, Dark Lane, Priorslee and Snedshill and the legacy of the Cinderloo Riot of 1821.
Cinderloo 1821 / St Georges Community Group

Thursday July 18th – “Victorian Scandals”
Start Point- St Andrews Church Porch
Start Time – 7.00pm Duration – 2 hours
Walk Leaders- Members of Shifnal Local History Group
Contact- Marilyn Higson. Ring or text 07791 294821
An easy walk investigating some scandalous stories from Shifnal’s history.
Shifnal Local History Group

Sunday July 21st – “A Casual Stroll down the Severn Junction line”
Start Point- Ketley Community Centre
Start Time- 11.00am – with talk/tour of Telford Steam Trust at 1.45pm Duration – Walk: 2 hours, 15 minutes. After walk Tour: 1 hour
Walk Leaders- Maggie Evans, Darren Blackburn and Paul Hughes
Contact- 617029 (KHG) or
Follow the line from Ketley to Horsehay via Newdale/ Lawley concluding with a tour of Telford Steam Railway with Chair, Paul Hughes. *Walkers are advised to make their own drop off/ pick up arrangements. No.4 bus runs half hourly from TTC via Ketley. No.19 bus runs hourly along Station Road, Horsehay.
Ketley History Group/ Lawley and Overdale Local History Group/ Telford Steam Trust

Saturday August 10th – “Town Park Uncovered”
Start Point-Town Park Visitors Centre
Start Time -11.00am Duration -3 hours
Walk Leader- Steve Bowers
A trip of discovery around the town park; uncover lost treasures of our industrial past, Canals, Railways, quarry’s… Discover how this green space was once a thriving hub of industry.
Telford Ultimate Guide

Saturday August 17th – “Mines and Tramways of New Works”
Start Point- St John’s Church Car Park, Dawley Road, Lawley.
Start Time- 12.00 midday Duration- 2 hours
Walk Leaders- Richard Hewer and Darren Blackburn
A countryside walk from St Johns, via Lawley Furnaces to Short Wood before returning to the church via New Works, Discover the hidden history of mining beneath your very feet. *Walkers advised to wear good walking boots as part of the route crosses fields and woodland.

For more information about the Wrekin Local Studies Forum visit

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