Whitchurch museum & archives re-opened as planned after building work. The internal staircase has been reinstated – no more going out in the rain for volunteers !
WHITCHURCH MUSEUM & ARCHIVES
Apologies for any inconvenience caused
but due to internal building work
The Heritage Centre will be closed
from 4p.m. on Tuesday 5th January
until 11a.m. on Tuesday 2nd February
Volunteers can still be contacted by phone: 01948 664577
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research work will continue upstairs
Research at Lloyds Bank archives in London has revealed a list of Societies operating in Whitchurch between 1818 and 1838.
Organisations banking at the Whitchurch Savings Bank included
The Ladies Lying In Institution
The Tradesmans Society
The Penny Club at Whitchurch National School
The Work Fund,Girls School, Bargates
The Whitchurch Female Friendly Society
The Boys Clothing Club, Whitchurch
The Girls Clothing Club Whitchurch
Bickley School Children’s clothing club
Cholmondeley female clothing club
Whitchurch Friendly Society widows & orphans fund
Some of the clubs were self-help organisations run by the clergy, while others were Friendly Societies which provided insurance, benefits and pensions for its members.
The famous Lake District poet William Wordsworth passed through Whitchurch in April 1812.
He was travelling on the 4 o’clock stagecoach from Chester to London at the time.
I wonder if his visit to the town was inspiration for any poetry ?
William Turner was an Whitchurch architect, surveyor, engineer and furniture designer.
As an architect he is thought to have designed Whitchurch Old Rectory and remodelled Combermere Abbey in the early 19th century. Turner also worked with the 4th Earl to design Cholmondeley Castle.
As a surveyor and engineer he was involved with the building of the Ellesmere Canal.
William Turner was a freemason and a member of Lodge no.478 in Whitchurch, for which he designed furniture.
It is known that, with others, he prepared plans and estimates for the Pontcysllte aqueduct. Read what this Wrexham website has to say about his involvement.
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 ?
A fact-based drama on 19th century life at Quarry Bank Mill has just started on Channel 4.
Our current “All Our Stories” heritage lottery project has uncovered information at Manchester Archives & Local Studies about three Whitchurch children who were employed as apprentices by the Greg family.
1789 Elizabeth Jones of Whitchurch, Salop – for four years at 9d per week the first year, 1/- the last three years, and food, lodging and clothing
1790 Robt. Venables of Whitchurch, Salop. – for four years at 1d per week and food, lodging and clothing. At the end of the term he is to belong to Whitchurch.
1792 Geo. Venables of Whitchurch, Salop. – for three years at 1/- per week and food and lodging.
I wonder what sort of experience they had ?
While cleaning copies of the Whitchurch Herald volunteers Tracy and Sheenagh came across the following notice
In the nineteenth century it was quite common for shops to open from 6 am to 10 pm, Monday to Saturday. Shop assistants and their supporters campaigned for a half-day holiday and it looks like by 1892 they were successful in Whitchurch.
On display at Whitchurch Heritage Centre is a Roman mirror. It was found in the 1970s near the junction of Sedgford and Edgeley Road.
One of our volunteers, Abi Taylor, is studying for her master’s degree in Leiden, Holland and visited the local musem (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden). There she spied a Roman mirror very similar to ours.
Spot the similarities