Georgians in Stone History day at Bishop’s Castle, Saturday 21st March

Georgians in Stone History Day at Bishop’s Castle Saturday 21st March.

 As part of a project developed by the Parochial Church Council  of St John the Baptist Church in Bishop’s Castle to conserve eleven Grade II listed Georgian tombs in the churchyard, a history day will be held at the town’s Community College on Saturday 21st March.

The day will feature talks, exhibitions, an optional churchyard tour and a book stall, and is free of charge.  All are welcome, although booking is essential by downloading the booking form at https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/georgians-in-stone-project-saturday-21st-march-9-30am-to-4pm/

The project also has a host of community activity to help people find out more about Georgian Bishop’s Castle, which was a notable Rotten Borough. Volunteers from the town’s Heritage Resource Centre have researched the lives of the people and families commemorated by the tombs, and the information they have gathered will feature in a special leaflet aimed at visitors, and in development of the Town Tour.  The progress of the project can be followed on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiansInStone/

Later in the year on June 6th there will be a celebration event in the churchyard at St John The Baptist, where local schoolchildren will perform songs from the Georgian period. Award-winning local folk musician John Kirkpatrick is working with the children on these and so excellent results can be expected!  The day will be made up of performances, music, hands on activities and refreshments and will encourage people to explore the space, engage with the stories and learn about the unique history of the area and the Georgian graves.

The project received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, BC Town Council and The Georgian Group and is supported by South West Shropshire Historical and Archaeological Society, Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre  and Caring for God’s Acre.

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