Shropshire houses : past & present ; illustrated from drawings

Shropshire houses : past & present ; illustrated from drawings

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CO^HOUSESSHROPSHIREPAST ^ PRESENTFROM DRAWINGSILLUSTRATEDBYF.S.ASTANLEY M.P.,LEIGHTON,LETTERPRESSWITH DESCRIPTIVEBY THE ARTISTc)^LONDON : GEORGE BELL AND SONSYORK COVENT GARDENSTREET,1 190LloCCHISWICK PRESS : CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO.TOOKS CHANCERY LONDON.COURT, LANE,PREFACE*' of remnants ofthis illustrated record of the Houses theShropshire,"old habitations will side side with residences which haveIN appear onlybythe builders' hands. There is no definite ofleft separationjust pointso has been the ofbetween ancient and andmodern, gradual process decayin theirand that there is no association.renewal, incongruitythose of were nine hundredsimilar toChanges, to-day, taking placethe but did not makeThe Normans ousted Anglo-Saxons, theyyears ago.nor was the new order of effecfled forcea clean things bysweep, only.to do with the harmonioushad a deal relations whichMarriage great grewbetween the the Saxon and the Celt.Norman,upThe of Feudal is indicated the ruins of theSocietypassing away byThe of old names marks aFeudal Castles. course ofnew,displacement bynatural which can and which hasresist,development nothing always pre-vailed. Of the houses in this first canvolume,fifty represented eight onlya earlier than and of fourclaim date are uninhabited;these,1500,five are of the sixteenth six of the seventeenth fifteen of the; ;centuryand sixteen of the nineteenth.eighteenth;How have the owners come into ?present possessionThe transmitters ...

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CO ^ HOUSESSHROPSHIRE PAST ^ PRESENT FROM DRAWINGSILLUSTRATED BY F.S.ASTANLEY M.P.,LEIGHTON, LETTERPRESSWITH DESCRIPTIVE BY THE ARTIST c)^ LONDON : GEORGE BELL AND SONS YORK COVENT GARDENSTREET, 1 190 Llo C CHISWICK PRESS : CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO. TOOKS CHANCERY LONDON.COURT, LANE, PREFACE *' of remnants ofthis illustrated record of the Houses theShropshire," old habitations will side side with residences which haveIN appear onlyby the builders' hands. There is no definite ofleft separationjust point so has been the ofbetween ancient and andmodern, gradual process decay in theirand that there is no association.renewal, incongruity those of were nine hundredsimilar toChanges, to-day, taking place the but did not makeThe Normans ousted Anglo-Saxons, theyyears ago. nor was the new order of effecfled forcea clean things bysweep, only. to do with the harmonioushad a deal relations whichMarriage great grew between the the Saxon and the Celt.Norman,up The of Feudal is indicated the ruins of theSocietypassing away by The of old names marks aFeudal Castles. course ofnew,displacement by natural which can and which hasresist,development nothing always pre- vailed. Of the houses in this first canvolume,fifty represented eight only a earlier than and of fourclaim date are uninhabited;these,1500, five are of the sixteenth six of the seventeenth fifteen of the ; ;century and sixteen of the nineteenth. eighteenth; How have the owners come into ?present possession The transmitters of inheritances are heiresses. ofgreatest Twenty-six these estates have often more than female descent. Theonce,passed, by new-comers the break of thedisguisedfrequently continuity by assuming name of their a custom much to bewives, deprecated. But ever and the ranks of landowners are recruited from theanon, of successful trade. theLondon,representatives Birmingham,Shrewsbury, industrial centres of Cheshire and have done muchLancashire, Yorkshire, to establish and maintain a substantial class inlandowning Shropshire. bv soldbeen andof these haveat least houses, boughtfiftyThirty-five owe theirnot less than seventeenwere first andsince built, certainlythey to trade.foundation dircdtly tothe same fromdo not remain inFamilies position generation to whatever socialall have their and dov^ns, degreeups'generation. They and declension is constant.to The of elevationprocesshappen belong.they this law. The ofofThe tlie peerageexemplifiesEnglish peeragehistory Earldoms and Baroniesto the rule. The Normanis no exceptionShropshire of lateThe isthe are all extind.of Salopian peerage essentiallycounty this is the theVidorian creation. Andand fad:, although premierGeorgian Duke is Baron oftitle from this and theEarl takes his county, premier is annexed to thethe of ofClun and and Strange KnockynOswestry, Barony Mr.same observation to other ranks.Dukedom of Athol. The applies find owners ofin could1866, only twenty-one ShropshireEvelyn Shirley, and of these one-in the male held land inland whose ancestors line, 1500, The common belief that there arethird have since yeomandisappeared. Afamilies of will not bear closegreat antiquity, investigation. ofseldom lasts more than three The law movement,generations.family the of the of orstill, rising sinking appliesimpossibility standing necessity to all sorts and conditions. in the creation andas has been is the most fadorTrade, said, potent maintenance of a landed and in the feudal periodaristocracy, very early —to assert its influence. is an theLaurence,began Stokesay example built and foundedclothier of in the thirteenthLudlow, Stokesay century, an in the seventeenth the estate was soldimportant family. century,Early to a man of commercial Sir William Lord ofpursuits. Craven, Mayor whose son was created an Earl. thein nineteenthLondon, Again century, was sold the Earl to Mr. M.P. forCraven, Worcester,Allcroft,Stokesay by who owed his to success in It be without feartrade. said,position may of that landed is indebted to commerce for somecontradidtion, every family of its and which has existed for three hundredwealth, every family years, has the names of some of its members enrolled on the Trade of ourguilds towns. VI Some houses are founded Four such foundations will beby lawyers. noted in this volume. In the accounts which the the as wellillustrations,accompany origin, ofas the devolution the as far as be noted.estates, will, possible, A seldom without some alteration made in acentury goes by being either addition or diminution. Old sufferhouse,country by buildings from the wealth than from the of their and themore owners,poverty simple of former often be best observed in the manorarrangements days may which have been as farmhouses.houses, long occupied There are often ancient muniments to be found in new as wellhouses, as but armour and whichbooks,old, furniture, silver, ornaments,personal have been in the same house for two hundred are rare. years, Such are some of the considerations which themselves to thesuggest student of the local of a which the hand of time hashistory county, upon been so that the memorials of have not beenthelaid, obliterated,gently past but rather framed in a more attra(5tive the ofsetting, progressby steady material development. Stanley Leighton. 1 1.Jprily 90 of and in theThis volume of the "Houses wasShropshire" complete hands when the unlooked for summons of death called its author printers' out of this life. has fallen to and on meThe final revision of the sheets me,proof rest the if errors or small inaccuracies be found inmust responsibility any these pages. to form aThe author had in five more similar volumes,preparation " but L'Homme Dieupropose, dispose."fully-illustrated county history, Leighton.Jessie Sweeney Hall, 1 1.JuneJ 90 Vll