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A Trip to the Metropolis

Four volunteers visited archives in London in the quest for more Whitchurch names The Lloyd’s TSB Archives held records of depositors from Whitchurch Savings Bank starting in 1818 The Library and Museum of Freemasonry had information on members of two early Whitchurch Lodges which existed between 1786 and 1801  

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Salop Fire Assurance Company

The Salop Fire Assurance Company records have given us some great information. Policies were taken out by tenants insuring their goods, and owners insuring their buildings. When buildings were insured the names and occupations of any tenants were also given. It is the names of these ordinary people, that would not have otherwise come to …

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On the Road

One of our volunteers has travelled to Hertfordshire Record Office to examine documents from the Ashridge Collection relating to Whitchurch. Records dated 1762 & 1763 list purchase of land and property from the Bridgewater Estate. But more importantly, for our project, the occupiers are also listed. The land and property being enfranchised by Bridgewater tenants was …

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Alehouse Recognizances

Alehouse Recognizances were early public house licences. The licensee and those who stood surety for them had to appear before the licensing justices every year. A specified sum of money would be paid over to the court as a guarantee for their future good behaviour. Any breach of the conditions would mean the forfeiture of the money …

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21st Century Whitchurch Volunteers

Four present-day Whitchurch volunteers researching the 1803 Whitchurch Volunteers at Shropshire Archives. Reference to the Whitchurch Volunteers has been found in a letter written by the Reverend Edmund Butcher to a lady during the summer of 1803. 

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19th century Whitchurch Volunteers

Research has started at Shropshire Archives for the Whitchurch ‘All Our Stories’ project. Members of the group are currently working through an 1803 enrollment register for the Loyal Whitchurch Corps of Volunteer Infantry. In 1794 the British government feared that the French would invade and encouraged towns to form local defence regiments. The enrollment register …

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