A collection of mostly historic images from my home town in Shropshire
How one high street in Britain looked 125 years ago
James F Smith, Paint manufacturer In the town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, 125 years ago in 1888. The pictures were taken in Shropshire by Joseph Lewis della-Porta, a 25-year-old skilled photographer, whose family ran one of the UK's first department stores.Joseph Lewis' camera would have been large and heavy with a long exposure time. He would have had to persuade his subjects to stay very still for quite some time, He was a member of Shropshire Photographic Society.
This is the dormer-gable on the facade of the Drapers' Hall, since altered. This part was an extension of 1582. The drapers were the wealthiest trade guild in the town. This wealth came from them acting as middle-men for the Welsh woollen cloth trade. Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
1617 Shrewsbury. Some familiar old names and some I’ve not heard of. Pride Hill is written High Paument on here (High Pavement). Butcher Row was The Shambles, Claremont Street used to be Dog Lane, on here it’s Hound Street. Hills Lane was Knocken Street, Mardol is Mard Wall. There’s a Shoemakers Row, Beche Lane, Meryvace and Criples Lane. The Old St Chads had a college nearby (hence College Hill), it also had Almhouses. A longer bridge to the Abbey, you can see why it still floods up there.