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Lights Switch On

Congleton Museum would like to thank everyone who donated items to our stand at the Christmas Lights Switch On last Friday (22nd November).

We would also like to thank all the volunteers and trustees who braved the cold to run the stall. Special thanks go to Diane Ritherdon for organising the stall and Bill Pegley for running the Shove-Ha’penny game throughout the night. We raised a welcome £142 for the museum after expenses!

Museum volunteer, Jamie Campbell, is pictured encouraging passers-by to try their luck on the tombola.

Christmas presents!

Please visit Congleton Museum’s gift shop for your special Christmas presents and cards. In addition to offering a selection of local history books, our artisans’ corner features hand made Christmas and Greetings cards.

Our talented volunteers and Friends of the Museum have made wine glass chains, jesters’ hats, tree decorations and knitted teddies. You will also find a range of individually designed jewellery including necklaces, bracelets, earrings and gift sets. For something different come to the museum shop and view their work.

Friends of the Museum, volunteers and LoveLocalLife card holders receive a 10% discount!

Goodbye to a volunteer

The museum recently said goodbye to volunteer Sam Astbury. Sam has found paid employment and has moved to Kent. We really enjoyed getting to know Sam during his two years with us. As well as greeting visitors on our front desk two days a week, Sam was instrumental in setting up the museum’s social media presence and co-ordinating event publicity. Congleton Museum wishes Sam the best of luck with his future endeavours, and hopes that he will keep in touch!

Halloween 1833

Happy Halloween! On this day in 1833: Peter Johnson behaved in a shameful manner to Mrs Mallet of Holmes Chapel, who was coming to Congleton in his carriage. She was obliged to jump out to save herself from being ravished. (Taken from the Diary of an unknown Congleton Man)

Volunteer stumbles upon family link

It’s a small world! While using the museum’s Victorian Census database to research the history of a friend’s shop on Mill Street, our volunteer Ken Law found a connection to his own family! Turns out, a friend of his mother was at one time either the proprietor of a shop at that address or she lived above it! To find out more about the museum’s research facilities click here.

What is this object??

The unusual item pictured below was recently donated to the museum. We honestly don’t know what it is! The only clue might be that it was found in a barn. The straps and neck piece (?) are made of leather, with six long metal spikes attached to the front. Can anyone identify what it was used for?

Harness & Spikes

 

Crime wave – 1839!

There was a bit of a local crime wave on this day in 1839! According to the Police Report Book: ‘Two pairs of shoes and a hat were stolen from the house of William Leech in Chapel Street by some person unknown.’ Meanwhile… ‘Found several people drunk in the house of John Heath, the Black Horse, about 1 o’clock in the night time. Heath delayed opening his door for a considerable time.’