Shropshire Archives

Shropshire Archives
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The archives and local studies centre for the historic county of Shropshire.

We have 5 ½ miles of shelving holding local material from 12th century charters right up to yesterday’s Shropshire Star.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Wednesday: 10am-4pm
Thursday: 10am-4pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: First in the month 10am-4pm (advance orders only)

Admission charges


Collection details


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Six Year's of Commemorations by Oakengates and District Royal British Legion.

  • 5 December 2015 — 25 July 2021 *on now

On the date of their death, or closest date to it, a simple graveside ceremony will be held. The Standard will be present together with a Buglar who will play The Last Post. Prayers will be said by officiating clergy. Where possible a short biography relating to the person will be read out.
These commemorations will be held at, Hadley, Ketley, Lilleshall, Oakengates, Priorslee, St.Georges, Wombridge, and Wrockwardine Wood.
It is hoped that any descendants will get in touch, and participate.


Oakengates area

Market Drayton War Memorial

“The Man who fell to Earth” and other stories from WW1

  • 18 August 2017 10am-12pm *on now

“In the town cemetery we shall visit the grave of a Golden Boy who fell to earth whilst acting as Commanding Officer of No. 13 Training Depot Station at Tern Hill.

The most exotic story concerns a pre-war employee of the Great Western Railway, Arthur Ralphs. In August 1918, when you might have felt the war was almost over, he sailed for Russia. He died on Armistice Day.

At the Town Museum the walkers will see the Old Grammar School memorial to the former pupils and masters who went to the war. A panel to the fallen includes Austin Theodore Long, Lt Royal Scots, who was an assistant Master and Master of Languages, when the new grammar school opened in 1911. He was a lay preacher at the Congregational Church and a keen sportsman and was well-known for his sardine sandwiches for tea.”
“Finally, Market Drayton deserves the excellent book produced by the U3A History Group. It is quite the best of any review I have read of the Shropshire men who fell in battle. Comprehensive and entertaining.”

Jenny Robey, Community Fundraiser for the Poppy Appeal in Shropshire said “The Poppy Appeal is the major single source of revenue for the Royal British Legion’s Benevolent Fund. Each year more people come to the Legion for help and the cost of that help is increasing. Daily we see and read of young Service men and women employed in peace-keeping duties in many parts of the world, often in considerable danger. There will always be a need to provide help for them and their dependents, when they themselves no longer can. It is so important the Legion can continue with its vital work. The Legion is also committed to helping everyone understand the importance of Remembrance so that sacrifices are never forgotten. We would like to say a huge thank you to Keith on behalf of those who will benefit from the support and awareness this walk will create.”
The walk will begin at 10am on Friday August 18th from the Town Cemetery. The cost of £5 will include £2.50 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Campaign.”
For advanced bookings please contact Jenny on or phone 07918 562902


Market Drayton Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Market Drayton


The cost of £5 will include £2.50 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Campaign.

Bishop's Castle Station PC/B/16/10

Bishop's Castle History Day

  • 30 September 2017 From 10am

With talks about people, places and events with strong links to the town and local area, followed by guided visits to some of the town’s attractions, local history exhibition and book sales.

Run by the Friends of Shropshire Archives in association with The Bishop’s Castle and Area Heritage Forum.

For more information, a programme of the day’s events and a booking form, please follow the link below.


The Community College
Brampton Road
Bishop’s Castle


with lunch £15 ea; without lunch £10 ea.


Shropshire Archives
Castle Gates



Mary McKenzie's email

general archives email


general public number

0345 678 9096

Mary McKenzie, County Archivist

01743 255356

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