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It Happened in Shropshire

It Happened in Shropshire is a vibrant and compelling account of the county’s diverse heritage; its heroes, its battles, its discoveries, its crimes.

Bob Burrows’s highly readable prose transports the reader through time, racing across the landscape of Shropshire’s past from the woolly mammoths of 10,000 BC, the Roman occupation of Wroxeter and the Battle of Shrewsbury, to the Industrial Revolution and to the sporting achievements and murderous exploits of recent years.

The book celebrates Salopians of national renown such as Charles Darwin, Clive of India, Wilfred Owen and Percy Thrower, as well as commemorating the accidents and disasters of:

  • Shropshire’s ghostly past…and present
  • The legends of ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton and the charismatic outlaw Sir Humphrey Kynaston
  • A celebration of Salopian sporting champions: Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Richie Woodhall, Billy Wright
  • Shropshire’s notorious and also its heroic vicars
  • The 'Black Panther’ and other Salopian murderers exposed


Author: Bob Burrows
ISBN: 978 1 906122 19 5
Published: March 2010
No. of pages: 224
44 black & white photographs
Price: £4.99

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Press reviews

Reviewed in Shrosphire Life in March 2010

It Happened in Shropshire is an invaluable, readable and informative guide to the county and the heroes and villains who made it what it is today.’

Reviewed in Evergreen Magazine in March 2010

'A county's cultural past is presented in a lively fashion.'

Reviewed in Shropshire Star in March 2010

'Puts the spotlights on some key personalities and events which have shaped the county's history.'

Reviewed in Ludlow Advertiser in March 2010

'Bob Burrow brings together stories of famous names, juicy murders, terrible disasters and sporting heroes.'

Reviewed in Great British Life in March 2010

'A compelling new account of the county's diverse heritage.'

Reviewed in County Times in June 2010

'Highly readable and well illustrated with black and white photographs, the book is a fascinating portrait of life through theyears in our neighbouring English county.'

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