Clerk Jan Boyd, Master John Crackett and Senior Warden Brian Newman before the Installation Ceremony

Letter from The Queen

Retiring Master John Crackett with the Honorary Draper Chaplain the Reverend Rich Creswell and Mrs Cresswell

New Master Brian Newmanwith the portrait of EdwardIV

Installing Master John Crackett handing the Badge of Office to the new Master Brian Newman

Junior Warden Trevor Hunt, Master Brian Newman, Senior Warden Gaynor Bowen and clerk Jan Boyd

The New Master-Brian Newman

          HERITAGE OPEN DAYS                   

Shrewsbury Drapers Hall Preservation Trust (SDHPT)-Heritage Open Days (HOD)                                                                       

Date set as 8 September 2022 for Heritage Open Day in Drapers Hall.

Heritage Open Days began in the UK in 1994, inspired by its European equivalent, European Heritage Days. Since 2011 the National Trust has coordinated events across England and our events are published on the HOD website.

In the early days Richard Raven then secretary of SDHPT, called upon trustee Madge Moran, a vernacular archaeologist and James Lawson, archivist to give a short-talks about history of the Shrewsbury Drapers Company and the history of the building of the Hall. Together with Chairman Nigel Sturt they researched and published Drapers Hall Shrewsbury in 2002, a booklet which is available at Drapers Hall. In recent years talks have been given by Nigel J Hinton, trustee and local historian, and Jan Boyd, trustee and clerk of Shrewsbury Drapers Holy Cross Limited.

8 September 2022 has been set for the next talk at 11.00 in the Hall. More details to follow. Meanwhile have a look at this link from a previous HOD.

Nigel J Hinton 7/05/2022





The 560th Charter Night was held on Friday 4th March at Drapers Hall.  An excellent feast was provided by the new tenants of the restaurant at Drapers Hall for those attending an evening in which the new officers of the company were elected for their term of office in 2022 / 2023. 

During the ceremony the outgoing Master John Crackett passed on the gown and badge of office to the new Master Brian Newman, Gaynor Davies became Senior Warden and Trevor Hunt Junior Warden.  A number of new Drapers who have joined the company over the last two years were also welcomed as Freemen and presented with their certificates.    

A letter was sent to Her Majesty the Queen from Master John Crackett with loyal greetings to mark the 70th year of Her Majesty's reign. Sent on behalf of the Freemen of the Shrewsbury Drapers Company on the occasion of their Charter Night Dinner celebrating their Five Hundred and Sixtieth anniversary of their Royal Charter. Her Majesty, who is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Drapers-London, responded with her warm good wishes to all those who will be present at Drapers Hall, Shrewsbury for a most enjoyable evening.  



Vacancies in our Almshouses occur from time to time and are advertised on this website. 

We currently have a ground floor apartment vacant at Fairford Place - If you would like to register your interest please complete our Application Form and we will contact you. Details of the eligibility criteria and accomodation are on this website - look under Almshouses.