550 Celebration Events Past and Future

1462 – 2012

A series of events was held to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted to the Shrewsbury Drapers Company by Edward IV on 12th January 1462

12th January 2012

There was a Special Service of Celebration in St Mary's Church with the Bishop of Shrewsbury and our Chaplain Reverend Mark Thomas

September 2011 is Drapers Heritage & Wool Month

11 am Thursday 8th September 2011

 “The history of Drapers Hall” – A lecture by Madge Moran, author of “Vernacular Buildings of Shropshire”

10 am Saturday 10th September 2011

Heritage and Wool Day – Drapers Hall and St Mary's Church. Activities for you to get involved with and get your hands on some wool. Free admission but donations to St Mary's Church and Drapers charities are welcome.

Outside the Hall in front of St Mary's Church come and meet “Les Milles Des Marches” who will be setting up their camp,see how your ancestors lived when the Drapers company was in its formative days.


Inside the Church throughout the day 

Throughout the day  the Shropshire Weavers Spinners and Dyers, the Embroiderers Guild Shropshire Branch, the Feisty Felters, various knitting circles will be demonstrating their skills and asking you to get involved.

Visit Drapers Hall at 11.00 for a lecture on the building and the history of the Company by James Lawson, archivist.

Visit the Drapers Chapel in St Mary's to see the exhibition and history of this important guild.

10.00 Exhibition opens

10.30 Choosing a Fleece  Fiona Nisbit will tell us how to make a choice and what to look for. Fiona is a textile artist designer and maker.

11.00 The Shrewsbury Drapers Company – James Lawson, archivist and past master of Shrewsbury Drapers Company Lecture in Drapers Hall

12.00 Sally Tonge  Stories of the Marches. Sally is a story teller and will keep us on the edge of the pews with her tales.

01.00 Lunch

02.00 Whats so special about Shropshire sheep, a talk by Pippa Geddes, President of the Shropshire Sheep Breeders Association.

02.30 Felting demonstration with Shropshire's own feisty Felters

03.00 Plague and Black Death – Professor John Patrick will talk about life and death and the impact of plague and black death.

04.00 Close

Throughout the day you will be able to buy a range of wool and related goods from the exhibitors, demonstrators and trade stands.

Flock of Ages – will have a range of soft toys and hand crafted products

Anca – will be selling wool and sewing accessories and a Knit a Blodwyn kit

Helen Foot designer and weaver will have a range of her products for sale

11.00 – 12.00 Catharine Hinton will be available to create a henna design for you.

3 pm Sunday 18th September 2011     See Masters Blog to view a film of the performance

St Mary's Church Shrewsbury

A concert of early music that will include a performance of  “Spem in Alium”

Thomas Tallis (c1515- 1585) is known as the father of English Cathedral music. Spem in Alium is a choral work written for eight five part choirs and is considered by many to be his finest work.

Conductor David Leeke is bringing together some of the finest amateur singers to produce this inspirational piece

Tickets £10.00 are available from Drapers Hall restaurant, Simon Baynes Book Store in Milk Street and Windband Music Shop in Coleham and members of the Shrewsbury Drapers Company

Accompanied children free admission

10 am Wednesday 20th September 2011 – St Mary's Church Shrewsbury

The Textile Design Exhibition runs daily during the times the Church is open (not Sunday) until 30th September 2011

Howard Franklin chair of judging panel discusses so of the finer points with other judges at a previous exhibition.

10am Sunday 2nd October 2011 – in association with the Friends of Shropshire Archive

The Shrewsbury Drapers Company Day School

St Mary's Church

A day of lectures and a tour of Shrewsbury looking at some of the many buildings associated with the past members of Shrewsbury Drapers Company.

The day concludes with afternoon tea in Drapers Hall with the Master, Wardens and the Clerk of the Company


10.00 Welcome and Introduction – Chairman

10.05 The wool trade in English medieval history – Geraldine King, lecturer

10.40 Black Death and Plague, impact on trade – Professor John Patrick, past master of SDC

11.10 Coffee

11.30 Shrewsbury Drapers Company : years of success – Bill Champion, author and research group leader.

12.15 Shrewsbury Drapers Company : tears of decline – James Lawson, archivist and past master of Shrewsbury Drapers Company

1.00 Lunch , not provided.

2.00 Walks to some of the sites associated with the Shrewsbury Drapers Company – Nigel Baker, Stan Sedman, Bridget Hinton. Non Walkers will have a virtual tour of the buildings associated with the Shrewsbury Drapers Company – Nigel Hinton master SDC

2.55 Walkers return to St Mary's

3.00 The Ludlow Family of Stokesay Chris Eldon Lee will talk with Robin Ludlow a descendent of a wool merchant from the Marches.

3.30 The work of the Company today – Nigel Hinton, master SDC

3.55 Closing remarks – Chairman

From 4.00pm Afternoon Tea in Drapers Hall with officers of the Company subject to additional charge

Tickets in Advance

Members of SDC or Friends of shropshire Archive £ 5.00 Afternoon Tea in Drapers Hall £8.00


Non Members of SDC or not a Friend of Shropshire Archive £10.00 Afternoon Tea £8.00

Download an application form from 

Book by post with a stamped self addressed envelope with a cheque payable to The Friends of Shropshire Archive to Pat Kiernan, 11 Lime Tree Way, Wellington, Telford, TF1 3PJ



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