Small toys in the Parlour
Bishop’s Castle Town Band instruments
Bottles from the brewing display
Boot and shoemaking
The view from the South window
Old timbers in the Agricultural Room
Commemorative mug, Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1897
A collection of irons
The House on Crutches Museum is situated in a remarkable timber framed building dating back to Elizabethan times. It houses an extensive social history collection covering many aspects of community life and agriculture in Bishop's Castle and South West Shrophire.
The story of this unique small town is told through displays of local artefacts and memorabilia, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Rural life and farming were very important in this area on the remote borders between England and Wales, but the town supported thriving industries such as brewing, shoemaking and tanning which are well represented in the museum.
We also provide a glimpse into domestic life at a time when industrial innovations began to find their way into rural homes across the country.
Why not arrange a visit for your
group to the museum? We offer tailor-made
for children of all ages, and adult groups too. Our volunteers
are happy to visit schools to work with teachers on class
projects. We can also provide teaching materials on a
variety of subjects, and even lend items from our
collection by arrangement.