Archives thanks volunteers

Shropshire Archives has extended its thanks to volunteers who have been working on a five-year project to collate a group of locally-focused documents. The 30 volunteers worked with archivists to add over 19,000 records, known as the 6000 Collection as they are filed under the reference number 6000, to the online catalogue.

The fascinating records are a collection of charters, deeds, surveys, manorial records, and miscellaneous documents previously held in the Shrewsbury Public Library dating back to the 12th century including a grant from William of Chester to St Peter and the monks of Shrewsbury abbey, c1150, a pardon of Welsh rebels from Henry, Prince of Wales, later Henry V dating from 1407, and a petition from Shrewsbury electors to Benjamin Disraeli, Shrewsbury MP and later prime minister.

And another collection featuring more ‘homegrown’ material has also been added to the Archives. The notes of Madeley amateur historian Len Beeston have been preserved for posterity; they include his notes on topics such as Eustace Rogers the coracle maker, the Ironbridge Dominoes League and ‘the family that know the dangerous River Severn’.

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