Silver Hooked Tags


Regionally important Anglo-Saxon silver hooks with entwined beasts are on display at Whitchurch Museum from Thursday 3rd December.

Whitchurch Museum has acquired a pair of silver engraved hooks dating from the late 9th or 10th century AD. This acquisition has been supported by the Art Fund and many local contributors. including Whitchurch Town Council, Prees Parish Council, Shropshire Archaeological Society, Whitchurch Historical and Archaeological Group. The hooks were discovered in the Prees area, North Shropshire, by two individual metal detectorists some two years apart. The two finds were reported to the Coroner as potential treasure under the 1996 Treasure Act.

Exhibition – June 2013

To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, Whitchurch Heritage Centre are putting on an exhibition about life in the 1950s. Visit us to remember, or discover, what life was really like in Whitchurch sixty years ago!

  • Special display and video of the coronation itself
  • Life in the home – what was cooking like in the 50s?
  • The High Street then and now
  • Entertainment and travel – how people enjoyed themselves
  • If you have any special items from the 50s that you’d like to share with others, bring them along on Tuesdays and add your memories to our exhibition.

Did you know that half-day closing started in Whitchurch in 1892 ?

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.

Did you know Leiden museum has a similar Roman mirror to Whitchurch Heritage Centre ?

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


Mirror on display at Whitchurch


Mirror on display at Leiden

Mirror on display at Leiden

Your Heritage Centre Needs You

Last year the volunteers at The Heritage Centre received an LJC grant to store and conserve the deteriorating volumes of the Whitchurch Herald newspapers dating from 1869 to 1949.

The first phase of the project has now been completed. A room has been prepared at The Heritage Centre and the correct sized shelving erected.



Are you free for a couple of hours on a Tuesday or a Thursday?

Dedicated sessions for conservation of the Whitchurch Herald will take place upstairs at The Heritage Centre during April between 18.30 & 20.30 on Tuesdays and 13.30 & 15.30 on Thursdays

Training will be given – so no experience necessary

If you would like to be involved please contact The Heritage Centre


Did you know that Whitchurch workhouse had a cow that produced butter ?

This snippet appeared in the July 1813 edition of the Monthly Magazine & British Register

Monthly Magazine & British Register vol 35 - Copy

Presumably the cow produced milk first !

It takes around 22 pints of milk to make one pound of butter. So this particular cow would have produced around 33 gallons of milk per week. This must have been an unusually large amount 200 years ago (before the days of intense dairy farming) to warrant the article..