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The Atcherley family of Edgerley in Kinnerley – Part 1

The branch of the Atcherley family tree which was based in the Shropshire parish of Kinnerley for many years began with Richard. This Richard Atcherley is a particularly perplexing piece in the family’s genealogical jigsaw puzzle, because I have no definitive evidence – in the form of a baptism or any other record – confirming the identity of his parents…. Read more »

An Atcherley family’s English Civil War – Part 1

< Back to John Atcherley, draper of Shrewsbury. On 20 September 1642, King Charles I and his army entered Shrewsbury – a relatively safe haven in a country which had, at least in part, turned against him. Shrewsbury Castle had been hurriedly prepared for military use, and Charles took up residence in the nearby Council House. His troops were billeted… Read more »

James Rennell Atcherley: A life and death with horses – Part 2

< Back to Part 1.  I have formerly hinted, that is is a very difficult Matter to come at the true Knowledge of Distempers in Horses, and that more Skill and Judgment is required in the Cure of them, than in those of a Human Body; because the poor Creature cannot answer any Questions, therefore we must have Recourse to… Read more »

James Rennell Atcherley: A life and death with horses – Part 1

< Back to James Rennell Atcherley and an electoral conspiracy. On Monday morning last, as Mr. James Atcherley, veterinary surgeon, of Bridgnorth, with his son James were proceeding from Bridgnorth in a gig, when near the first mile-stone the bridle bit broke. The horse finding his head at liberty dashed off at full speed towards Ludlow. After going a short… Read more »

A day at the Air Races – Part 2

< Back to A day at the Air Races – Part 1. Following his appearance at the National Air Races in America in 1930, Richard ‘Batchy’ Atcherley’s return to this event in 1931 was eagerly awaited. Reports of his involvement in that year’s aerial extravaganza began in June, when former US Navy Lieutenant Al Williams, “speed king of the United… Read more »

Charlotte and Caroline, an Atcherley author and her sister

 It was a true Devonshire Lane in which they found themselves; in those days there were many such, they are fewer now; farmers wage war with singing birds and flower-clad hedges. A wall of verdure rose on either side abounding with flowers and frequented by songsters, for had not the merry month of May just quitted the scene, and the… Read more »