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23 Oct 2012

Shrewsbury was chosen as the venue to film one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told. "A Christmas Carol", this was to have George. C. Scott in the lead role as Scrooge with David Warner, Suzzanna York, Michael Carter and Edward Woodward as other main characters along with Tony Walters, a local 6 year old, playing Tiny Tim and hundreds of local people taking "Walk on" parts along with a...

21 Sep 2012

"When I am leading any of my tours around Shrewsbury, one of the most asked questions is, "What is the meaning of the word Dogpole?"

There is a couple of answers that could be given-1, is that there was a second ducking stool here in the 14th Century or that it is derived from the medieval name for top or summit- "Pol" I.E top of the Wyle Cop, or it could be that I tell our American...

29 Jul 2012

"I was walking down Ffyschestrete the other day,.... never been down Ffyschestrete? bet you have, it`s now called Fish Street and was the site in medieval days of the old fish market.
Fish was sold here from the early 1500`s right up to the mid 1800`s although the fish market did move around a bit, probably due to the smell!! around 1647 the fish sellers moved to St John`s Hill then...

23 Jul 2012

Anyone coming into Shrewsbury to shop is bound to walk along High Pavement, and Shoemakers Row, although those names have long since disappeared and has been replaced by what is now known as Pride Hill.

The name, Pride Hill, was taken from a 15th Century family called The Prides who owned many shops in the area and also owned land known as "Pridesditches" below Coton Hill close to what...

18 Jul 2012

First in a series of interesting stories of the history of places we all know, love and use on a daily basis right here in Shrewsbury for its very own Town Crier Martin Wood.

"Leading away from the square are two major shutts, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane. First of all a question, Whats the difference between a shutt and a passage? answer? nothing, before the victorian times these...

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