Local History Group

Are you interested in finding out more about our local history or sharing your knowledge with like minded people? 

Image of old Shenstone

Our new Local History Group will be meeting for the first time at the library on Wednesday 10th of January from 10.00am till 12.00 noon. Future meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month and everyone is welcome to turn up and join in. 

On this page you will find a selection of articles which illustrate aspects of Shenstone’s local history. Why not visit our library to find out more. Library display of WW1 memorabiliaThere are further materials, books and documents which any of our volunteer staff will be happy help you discover.

Admiral Sir William Parker –  150th Anniversary of Shenstone’s most celebrated inhabitant. Born Dec 1st 1781
As far as Shenstone folk are concerned, Admiral Sir William Parker, was the stellar celebrity of the early nineteenth century.
His one-time home, Shenstone Lodge, now a school, can be glimpsed as you drive along the Birmingham Road towards Mere Green. 

The pinnacle of his illustrious naval career was his appointment to Admiral of the Fleet in 1863, the highest rank in the British navy. At the time Queen Victoria sent him a special message saying this promotion was”a well-earned reward for brilliant services”.                                                                                              Bronwen Ross

Use this link for more interesting information about this famous son of Shenstone.