Research Projects

Lecture

The volunteers who catalogue, archive, and conserve the Collection are also involved in Research Projects.
This is sometimes as a group, sometimes as individuals and sometimes in collaboration with Whitchurch History & Archaeology Group.

 Current projects are :-

SALOP FIRE INSURANCE RECORDS

– extracting information on all Whitchurch policies

October 10th 1789
Mr James Joyce of Whitchurch in the County of Salop, Alemaker,
desires to insure
1. On his house, shop and brewhouse adjoining in his own occupation situate in the High Street in Whitchurch aforesaid. Timber and tiled.
2. House, shop and brewhouse adjoining in the tenure of Thomas Overton, grocer. Timber and tiled.
3. Two stables, a warehouse and granary under one roof near in the tenure of Mrs Cross, Innholder and the said Messrs. Overton and Joyce. Brick and tiled.

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EDUCATION OF THE WHITCHURCH WORKING MAN  1850 – 1914

– identifying where evening classes were held in the town

(1851 Directory)
The News and Reading Room is held in a commodious and neatly fitted up room in the Market Hall. It is under the management of a committee of gentlemen and supported by annual subscriptions 
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APPRENTICE RECORDS

– compiling list of all masters and apprentices from the wider Whitchurch area

Date                Master’ s name       Master’s abode             Occupation  

8/3/1711         George Simcoe      Whitchurch, Salop           Cordwainer     

Apprentice’s name        Apprentice’s father’s information                         

Robert Colley                 Richard Colley, yeoman of Wrenbury, Cheshire

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WHITCHURCH STREETS

– using the Bridgwater Estate papers to identify who was living in the centre of Whitchurch during the 17th & 18th centuries.

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If you are interested in joining one of the research projects please contact us.

No previous research experience necessary.