Belgian Refugees

November 20, 20144:26 pmAugust 30, 2016 9:51 am

It was the German invasion of Belgium which eventually drew Britain into the war. Many civilians were killed and thousands were displaced. The plight of Belgian refugees was widely reported in the press and there was great sympathy for the Belgian people. Shropshire raised funds to support and find accommodation for Belgian refugees. This photograph […]


War Memorial Lych Gate is also a love story

October 13, 20142:45 pmOctober 16, 2014 8:38 am

Is the lych-gate of St Thomas, Shropshire’s least-known war memorial? Craven Arms & District History Group uncovered a love story; one which overcame family and class prejudice. The war memorial at Halford is an enduring monument not just to 18 men of the parish, 8 of them, like her husband, with railway connections, but to […]


The birthday cake that was a hundred years late

October 9, 20141:27 pm

What would the “de-clutterers”, beloved of TV, have made of the Rouse-Boughtons of Downton Hall near Ludlow? For a start they would have had to toss out the window their prejudice that half the contents of the average room can be junked. This family NEVER THREW ANYTHING AWAY. Result? When their line came to an […]

PoWs at Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury

German Prisoners of War in Shrewsbury

September 1, 20141:31 pmAugust 30, 2016 9:58 am

The increasing sight of German PoWs would have been a sign of the First World War in the county. It all began modestly with a handful of civilian enemy aliens secured temporarily on the former premises of the Midland Railway Wagon and Carriage Works in Old Coleham. The works closure in 1912 meant there were […]

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