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RESEARCHING Shropshire's history has become much easier now the county's Historic Environment Record (HER) has been added to a new national website.
Formerly the Shropshire Sites and Monuments Record, the HER aims to be a record of all the archaeological sites, finds and features, and historic buildings, structures and landscapes in the county, and contains a wealth of supporting material.
Copies of all the HER's main records - including maps, reports, photographs and aerial photographs - are now available on the national 'Heritage Gateway' website - www.heritagegateway.org.uk.
The Shropshire HER records can be searched independently or viewed in conjunction with a range of national Heritage records maintained by English Heritage.
MP OWEN Paterson has visited the refurbished Boathouse and Mere heritage site in Ellesmere.
The North Shropshire representative, with members of the Big Lottery Fund and Shropshire Council, enjoyed a guided tour of the beauty spot to see the publicly funded work carried out there.
This included a visit to the newly revamped Boathouse Restaurant and Tourist Information Centre where Mr Paterson viewed the heritage shop and interactive displays, followed by a walk along the newly restored promenade.
With him was Cllr Stephen Charmley, portfolio holder for culture and leisure services, and local councillor Ann Hartley.
LEADING Shropshire tourist attraction Hawkstone Park and Follies has discovered a hidden staircase, believed to have been buried for more than 200 years.
The steps were found during the reconstruction of The Hermitage at the historic site in Weston-under-Redcastle, Shrewsbury.
The Hermitage was destroyed by fire in March 2008 and reconstruction work on the Grade II listed building began earlier this month.
A torched historic building at a north Shropshire beauty spot is being rebuilt as part of a ÃÂ£35,000 project.
The Grade II listed Hermitage at Hawkstone Park was burned to the ground by arsonists in March last year but it is now in the process of being fully restored.
Hawkstone Park's general manager David Sims said: 'It is an important historic building that has provided thousands of visitors to Hawkstone Park with an insight and education into the life of the Hermit and the time in which he lived.'
The Hermitage used to be the home of Father Francis, who chose to live alone for religious reasons and therefore earned the title 'hermit'.
The building was first restored in 1993 before being destroyed last year. The offenders are still at large and police inquiries are still open.
A specialist conservation company was appointed to oversee and carry out the restoration project at the Weston-under-Redcastle tourist attraction.
This is an extract from Castles of Shropshire by Peter and Anne Duckers.
Because of the defensive position of the town in a loop of the River Severn, Shrewsbury did not need a large castle. Nevertheless the castle, town walls and bridges created a strong defensive system.
This picture shows the hall block and towers photographed from the 11th Century castle mound or motte.The storeys date from between about 1150 and 1600 and the two flanking towers to about 1250.
As early as 1067 William I ordered that a castle be built and there was a fortress of some kind by 1069 when it was unsuccessfully attacked by the Welsh and Edric "the Wild".
The building of a major motte and bailey began in 1071.
Attacks by the Welsh, who burned the town in 1215 and 1234, prompted the construction of the town walls.
It played a major role in the border conflicts of the 13th Century and was a base for operations against the Welsh under Edward I.