Calendar 2018


Calendar of events 2018

Note: Format is Date, Speaker, Subject – Society, Time, Location, Contact Number Please check with the organizers for any final arrangements. All are local Telford (01952) numbers unless another area code is given. For more information and list of abbreviations see Meeting Places. Some entries have more information on our News page. Please click link to get more information.

Alternatively, the Calendar is available to download in pdf format. WLSF SPRING SUMMER 2018

Every Friday 2-4 pm & Sat 10-12noon, ‘Shifnal Local History Group welcomes you to their exhibition in the Fire Station, Shrewsbury Road, Shifnal. Free Admission 07791 294821
Do you need help with local or family history? Drop in to the Community History Centre at Wellington Library every Fri 11 am – 12:30 pm & Southwater Library Thur. 11 am – 12:30 pm


2nd Family & Local History Hair Shirehall, Shrewsbury SFHS Tel: 01691 653316
11.00am Ian H. Waller FSG “Beyond the Internet” – The common philosophy that your family history can all be done ‘on line’ is far from the truth
2.30pm Ray Farlow “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker” A pictorial journey through the working lives of our Shropshire ancestors
5th History on Foot: “Talbot Chapel, Newport” NHS Start Point- Longford Road, Newport. Parking on playing fields car park left of Longford Road (about 400 yds from Lower Bar) or at ‘Vauxhall House’, just beyond playing fields. Start Time– 7.00pm prompt Duration- 2 hours approx. Walk Leader- Linda J Fletcher. Contact- 01952 812174 (Evening) 0776549035 A walk to the 13th century Talbot Chapel; remains of the medieval Longford church of St Marys.
6th History on Foot: “Between Coalport and Madeley” BLHS Start Point- Coalport China Works Museum car park – if required, £3 pay & display (free for IGM Friends). Start Time- 7.00 pm prompt Duration- 3 miles/ 2 hours approx.
Walk Leader- Neil Clarke Contact- 504135 A walk along the Silkin Way from Coalport to Madeley Court and return via St Michael’s Church, Madeley and the All Nations public house.
9th Wellington Midsummer Fayre
9th The Isle, Bicton. A landscape walk led by Andrew Tate and David Pannett “from Medieval to Modern”. Cost £3.00 for refreshments and donations. 2.15pm at The Isle (NGR SJ 458 166) – follow Isle Lane off Holyhead Road at Four Crosses Inn, Bicton. SFHS Advance bookings – Tel: 01743 850773 /
11th Pitchcroft Archaeology Walk with David Adams 7.00pm The Aston, Wellington Rd NDHS Tel: 810656
12th Spencer Smith “Parks, Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Medieval England and Wales” 7.30pm Glass Classroom FIGMT Tel: 435900
12th Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury, SY1 2SX The Friends’ AGM and talk by Penny Ward on the Flax Mill, its renovation followed by a guided tour. Price: £5 including refreshments 6.30pm
12th History on Foot: “Revealing more Ketley Historic Gems” KHS Start Point- Ketley Community Centre
Start Time- 7.00 pm. Duration- 1 hour, 30 minutes approx. 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 and Parker’s Pool.

16th History on Foot: “Lawley and Newdale” LO Start Point- Outside Morrisons superstore, Lawley Square
Start Time- 12.00 midday Duration- 2 hours approx. Walk Leader- Darren Blackburn
Contact- A walk around Lawley and the parish church of St John’s, then onto the former settlement at Newdale founded by Abraham Darby II in 1759, the Severn Junction Railway line and the Grade 2 listed tram bridge.
19th John Burt “The Restoration of Myndtown Church” SFHS Tel: 01691 653316
19th History on Foot: “The Anglo-Saxon – Eastun Boundary of Church Aston. Newport.” NHS Start Point- St Nicholas Church Start Time- 10.00am Duration- 2 hours approx Walk Leader- Bryan Lloyd
Using research done over 25 years following what is now left of the boundary.
20th AGM followed Richard Gough “Colonial Williamsburg” 7.30pm The Board Room, Coalbrookdale, FIGMT Tel: 435900
21st Stewart Braddock “In the Shadow of the Gas Works” 7.30pm Wellington Library WHG
23rd Visit to Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust £7 for boat trip. Meet there (Dudley DY1 4SB) at 2.30pm .FIGMT
23rd/24th Steampunk Festival BHVT
24th Victorian Garden Party The Ferns, Station Road (No set times)
26th Meeting 9.00pm Britannia Inn, Aqueduct. BAHS Tel: 593968 or 595906.


1st History on Foot: “Building the Iron Bridge, 1778 and 1779” FIGMT Start Point- Bedlam Furnaces, Waterloo Street, Ironbridge (pay & display car park, £3). Start Time- 10.30am. Duration-2 hours approx.
Walk Leader- David de Haan Contact- Mobile 07966 311812.
Starting at Bedlam Furnaces where the Bridge was cast, then along the riverside path to visit the Bridge and Tollhouse.
4th Wrekin Local Studies Forum Annual General and quarterly meeting – Wellington Library 7.30pm WLSF Tel: 07791 294 821
7th Annual Summer Outing – Port Sunlight BLHS For details Tel: 883960
8th History on Foot: “Aqueduct Village” BAHS Start Point- Britannia Inn, Aqueduct. Start Time- 2.30pm.
Duration- 2 hours. Walk Leaders- John and Ida White. Contact-
A walk through late 18th century Aqueduct Village; with construction of the Shropshire Canal with further development when ironmaster James Foster began operations at Madeley Court Ironworks.
10th History on Foot: “The Anglo-Saxon – Plesc Boundary of Newport” NHS Start Point- St Nicholas Church Start Time- 10.00am Duration- 2 hours approx. Walk Leader- Bryan Lloyd Contact-
Using information gathered over the last 25 years we will follow what remains of the A/S Plesc boundary.
12th History on Foot: “The Women of Shifnal” SLHS Start Point- St. Andrew’s Church Porch, Church Street, Shifnal, TF11 9AB Start Time- 7.30pm. Duration- 1hour, 30 minutes approx
Walk Leader- Marilyn Higson Contact- 07791294821/
An easy walk on pavements looking at Shifnal’s history from a different perspective.
14th More Castle Built by the Normans following the Conquest in 1066. This visit will look at the castle and adjacent village and church. Meet at 2.15pm, Lydham Village Hall (NGR SO 336 909). SAHS
16th History on Foot: “Shortwood and Steeraway” LO Start Point- New Works Lane car park
Start Time- 11.00am Duration- 2 hours and 15 minutes approx. Walk Leaders- R.E Hewer assisted by Darren Blackburn
Contact- R.E Hewer/ 01952 630443
A walk in the countryside visiting the lime kilns of Steeraway and exploring the old mine workings of Shortwood. Note: Strong walking shoes recommended
19th Harper Adams University, Newport. A guided tour of the main campus and a visit to the library and archives. FSA Price: £5 2.00pm
19th History on Foot: “Little Wenlock Village and Environs” WHG Start Point- Little Wenlock Village Hall, Parking available. Start Time- 7.00pm. Duration- 1 hour, 30 minutes approx
Walk Leader- Neil Clarke Contact- 504135 Walk includes St Lawrence Church (12th century Lady Chapel and unique
1611 cast-iron grave slab), medieval road pattern, 16th & 17th century buildings, remains of early 18th century bell-pit mounds, landscaping of 20th century opencast mining.
20th Meeting 6.30pm Lawley Community Centre, Arleston Lane, Lawley. LO Tel: 07432 408314


11th History on Foot: “Telford, Cadman and Cinderloo” LO Start Point- Dawley Baptist Church, Dawley Bank.
Start Time- 1.00pm Duration- Under 2 hrs approx Walk Leader- Darren Blackburn (with information supplied by
Shirley Bruneau) Contact –
A circular walk including Malinslee Church (Thomas Telford), Old Park: brickworks (Botfields) touching on the Cinderloo Riot of 1821 and Revd Samuel Parkes Cadman with a final stop around Dawley Bank
18th/19th Steam Weekend BHVT
28th Meeting 9.00pm Britannia Inn, Aqueduct. BAHS Tel: 593968 or 595906.

September 2018

1st History Day 2 Lawley Community Centre, Arleston Lane, Lawley. LO
4th Paul Hughes “Milnes’s Tramcar Works at Hadley” 7.00pm Ketley Community Centre KHG Tel: 252459 / 617029
15th Community History Day 2 The Place, Oakengates. FREE EVENT
17th Ken Jones M.Sc. Post-glaciation Newport 7.30pm Baptist Chapel, Water Lane NDHS Tel: 810656
19th Peter King “The introduction of Coke Smelting.” 7.30pm Glass Classroom, Coalbrookdale, FIGMT Tel: 435900 22nd FSA AGM 2.00pm The Shirehall, Shrewsbury followed at 2.30pm by: “The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Project” by Nick Hill of Historic England.

Details of Societies

Abbreviations, normal meeting place, time and contact phone no.

(01952 unless shown otherwise)

ADHS Albrighton & District Historical Society. Meets at Red House, High St, Albrighton at 7.30pm. Contact 01902 374889
ALH Aqueduct Local History. Meets at Britannia Inn, Aqueduct at 9pm. Contact 593968
BLHS Broseley Local History Society. Meets at Broseley Social Club at 7.30 pm. Contact 504135
FIGMT Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. Normally meets at Glass Classroom, Coalbrookdale Check event for Time. Contact 435900
FSA Friends of Shropshire Archves. Meets at Shropshire Archives, Castle Gate, Shrewsbury. Contact 01743 255350
IAS Ironbridge Archaeology Seminar Series. Meets at Museum of the Gorge, Ironbridge at 6pm. Contact 435946
KHG Ketley History Group. Meets at Ketley Community Centre. Contact 252459 or 617029
LO Lawley & Overdale Local History Group. Meets at Lawley Community Centre 6:30 pm Contact 07432 408 314
MHG Madeley History Group. Meets at Jubilee House, High St, Madeley. Contact 567288
NDHS Newport & District History Society. Meets at Baptist Church, Water Lane, Newport at 7.30pm. Contact 810656
SAHS Shropshire Archaeological & Historical Society, meets in Shirehall, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm. Contact 01743 254622
SFHS Shropshire Family History Society. Meets at The Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses SY5 6JH , at 7pm, Contact 01691 653316
SGCG St Georges Community Group. Meets at Turnpike Court, New St, St Georges, between 1-4 pm.  Contact 07518 935844
SLHG Shifnal Local History Group Meets at The Old Fire Station, Shrewsbury Rd. Contact 07791 294821
TWLS Telford & Wrekin Library Service. Contact 382992
WHG Wellington History Group. Meets at Wellington Library at 7.30 pm. Contact 299699
WrHG Wrekin Historical Group. Meets at St Georges Parish Council Room, London Rd, St Georges at 7.30pm. Contact 613055
WW Wrockwardine Wood & Trench. Meets at the Parish Centre, Church Rd, Wrockwardine Wood at 7pm. Contact 605391