Did you know that a Children’s Society waif & stray came to work in Whitchurch ?

When looking through ‘Hidden Lives Revealed’ a website with details of some of the children who were in the care of The Children’s Society in late Victorian and early 20th century Britain I came across an entry for Whitchurch.

When ‘A’ was 13 she lived in Lowestoft, Norfolk with her father, a fish curer, mother and 5 brothers and sisters. Somehow she got involved with a bad man and was described as leading an immoral life. The girl’s parents were no longer able to control her so she was admitted to a refuge in Norwich.  Staff there felt she shouldn’t be mixing with the older women and so successfully applied for a place at St Saviour’s in Shrewsbury.

‘A’ spent just over two years at St Saviour’s before being found a job, She went into service on a month’s trial with Mrs ‘C’ at Ash Grove, Whitchurch in August 1904.

I wonder whether she stayed ?

Heritage Open Days – 2013

We will be taking part in this years Heritage Open Days on Friday 13th and Saturday the 14th September. The following venues will be open:

Reduced ChapelCongregational Chapel (United Reform Church)

United Reform Church, Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1EN

A chance to see inside a grade II listed building which has been closed for many years. A Congregational Chapel with attached vestry, hall and Sunday school, now United Reformed Church. Founded in 1789 and largely built in 1813 with additions and alterations of 1815, 1846, 1900 and 1915. A good example of a Nonconformist chapel with associated Sunday School. It has a good range of internal fittings of various dates and a complete range of box pews The building is associated with the dissenters, Philip and Matthew Henry and the composer Edward German.

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1100-1600


Reduced JoyceJoyce’s Clocks Building

J.B. Joyce & Co., Station Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1RD

An opportunity to look round the 1904 purpose-built premises and to see a display of photographs relating to Joyce’s clocks and examples of clock mechanisms.

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1100-1500


Reduced IceOld Rectory Ice House

Sainsbury’s carpark, London Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1LL

A chance to go inside a mid-eighteenth century ice house which is situated in a supermarket car park. Also on the site is a barn range, part of which is late-seventeenth century. Both buildings were originally part of Whitchurch Old Rectory a grade II* listed building (not open to the public).

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1100-1600

Reduced Alkmunds St Alkmund’s Church Tower (part of Tower Trail)

St Alkmund’s parish church, Church Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1LB

St Alkmund’s is the parish church of Whitchurch and is a Grade I listed building. This is an opportunity to mount the many steps to the top of the church tower. The climb will take you past the ringing room and allow a view of the Joyce’s clock mechanism and the church bells before reaching the roof. The top of the tower affords a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. There will be a chance to study some of the parish registers held by the church.

Opening Times

Friday 13th September: 1000-1300 & 1500-1600
Saturday 14th September: 1000-1600