Saturday 10th June 2023 – Bicton

Saturday 10th June 2023 – Bicton

A walk led by David Pannett.  At first sight, the irregular village alongside the old Holyhead Road west of Shrewsbury seems rather dull.  However, closer inspection with the aid of maps and documents, will reveal its value for the interpretation of many typical features of the Shropshire landscape.  Meet: 2.15pm at the Village Hall Car Park, Bicton. Donations to Bicton church, who are providing afternoon tea. 

Saturday 13th May 2023 – Our Uplands Commons Project – A Walk to Clee Burf

Saturday 13th May 2023 – Our Uplands Commons Project – A Walk to Clee Burf.

A walk led by Matt Williams. The walk will follow the track across Clee Liberty Common to the top of Clee Burf and back again. Matt will talk about the numerous historic features along the way including two Iron Age hillforts, drover routes, bell pits and lime kilns. 

Meet at 10:30am in the small car park at the north west end of Clee Liberty, at Clee St. Margaret. Google maps link: Grid ref: SO 57252 85001  What3words: unfounded.haircuts.decimals There is not much space so please park carefully.

(We will walk up the track to Clee Burf and return back down the same way – the walk will probably take 1.5 – 2 hrs.)

Saturday 15th April 2023 – Titterstone Clee: a working landscape 

Saturday 15th April 2023 – Titterstone Clee: a working landscape. 

A walk led by Roger White. Today’s visit will take in prehistoric remains, and a later industrial landscape in one of the more spectacular settings in Shropshire.  It is a landscape that is an outcome of its geological quirks.  We shall first walk out from the car park to ascend the road that takes us to the remains of the hillfort crowning the hill and follow its circuit, encountering the site of the 1930s excavation by St John O’Neil.  At the summit of the hill we will find the trig point, placed on top of a Bronze Age burial cairn, and the Geodetic radome that is the most obvious feature on the hill.  We will then return to the car park to examine the substantial remains of the quarry landscape that operated for nearly a century from the 1880s. Meet at 1.00pm in the car park adjacent to the industrial ruins (SO592776) – this can be reached from the turning off Angel Bank on the A4117 Ludlow – Cleobury Mortimer road. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – the Clee Hill is very exposed. 

Saturday 11th March 2023 – Shropshire Churches 

Saturday 11th March 2023 – “Shropshire Churches” 

This talk by Martin Speight will look at Shropshire churches inside and out before the ‘restorers’ got at them and will examine some of the churches which were newly built or rebuilt in the decades before 1850. It will also look at their plans and internal arrangements, and how they relate to the requirements of worship.

2.30pm, at The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

Saturday 11th February 2023 – Ashes under Uricon 

Saturday 11th February 2023 – “Ashes under Uricon” .

This lecture by Roger White is an exploration of how the abandoned Roman city at Wroxeter has inspired artists, writers, and poets over the centuries. It explores the relationship between archaeologists’ stories of the site, based on their discoveries, and how these accounts are re-interpreted by society in general and realised in different art forms and new stories.

2.30pm, at The Gateway, Chester St, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

CANCELLED: VCH Newport history, Saturday 14th January 2023

Cancelled: Saturday 14th January 2023 – “VCH Newport history”

The Gateway have just informed us that they have had to close the building today (Friday) and tomorrow because of the flood situation, and so Judith Everard’s talk on Medieval Newport is cancelled. Hopefully, we will be able to rearrange this for a future date.

In this talk Judith Everard will be updating us about the work of the Victoria County History (VCH) on Newport (Shropshire). Newport is the subject of a remarkable number of medieval charters. From three main collections – the corporation chest, the muniments of Lilleshall Abbey, and the estate archive of the Newport family – they amount to several hundred original documents, the earliest dating from c.1200. Recording property dealings among people of the middling sort, the charters open a window on the busy life of a medieval town. Shropshire Archaeological and Historical Society has generously awarded funding to Victoria County History Shropshire enabling Dr Everard to publish an edition of the Newport charters as part of a larger project by VCH Shropshire and Newport History Society.

2.30pm at The Gateway, Chester St, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

Saturday 12th November 2022 – The lost Regency summerhouse site of Attingham Park

Saturday 12th November 2022 – ‘The lost Regency summerhouse site of Attingham Park’
A talk by Nigel Baker and Viviana Caroli. In 2018, while evaluating the course of new roads near the walled garden, archaeologists found a five-metre square brick building with stone cladding, marble fragments and painted glass in the demolition debris. It was an unknown summerhouse built for the second Lord Berwick c.1813-14 in the Attingham late Georgian Neoclassical style. Four years later it has been revealed as the principal building of a walled enclosure which also contained an oval pool, probably a plunge pool, and a second stone-clad building interpreted as a dedicated service range, all built at the same time and all lost to view since the early/mid-19th century.

2.30pm, at The Gateway, Chester Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

Saturday 8th October 2022 – Wellington businessmen and the railway

Saturday 8th October 2022 – “Wellington businessmen and the railway”

This talk by Neil Clarke will cover the work of a group of businessmen (John Slaney, wine and spirit merchant; Thomas Campbell Eyton, landowner and leading town improver; John Dickson, railway contractor and supplier; John Houlston, bookseller and travel agent; and John Barber, auctioneer and surveyor) who helped to promote and develop the railways in and around Wellington in the mid-19th century, and the social and economic impact this had on the area.

2.30 pm at The Gateway, Chester St, Shrewsbury, SY1 1NB

Tuesday 16th August 2022 – Nesscliffe Hill Camp

Tuesday 16th August 2022 – Nesscliffe Hill Camp Excavations 

A visit led by Dr Andy Wigley has been arranged for the Society to the 2022 Oxford and Southampton Universities’ excavations at Nesscliffe Hill Camp. The visit has been arranged for Tuesday the 16th of August. Please meet Dr Wigley at the Pines Car Park, Nesscliffe (NGR: SJ 389 198,  Lat Long: 52.77319 -2.90554), at 11:30 am.