"Having lived in Shifnal for 92 years I have seen many changes.
Most of the old black and white buildings have disappeared as have
the shops of character.
"For instance when I was a child, I remember a small hardware
shop in Broadway owned by a man called Tinker Billy. There were
many such characters in this little market town. There was a butcher's
shop with stable doors and living quarters at the side, owned by
a man called Lambert Lawrence who was single and lived with his
two spinster sisters.
"At the corner of Cheapside, a chemist shop was owned by Mr Guy,
a little man with grey hair and side whiskers. He was very clever
and people used to visit him with all sorts of ailments.
"Along the same street we had a Town Hall, a pub called The Talbot,
police cells, a small china and toy shop and a few cottages. In
the Square there was a big house for the stationmaster and a gent's
outfitters owned by a Mr Catchpole.
"Down Church Street was a small sweet shop owned by two elderly
ladies where as children we could buy sugar frogs and all sorts
of goodies for a penny.
"Aston Street used to have a big cattle market every Monday with
farmers from surrounding areas buying and selling cattle, sheep
"Once a year we had a big street carnival, now revived. When I
was a child it had stage shows, freak sideshows and so on. I would
have been about five when I remember a man with a brown dancing
bear standing in the Square on Carnival Day. So many memories, too
many to recall, of old Shifnal now swept away.