Kitchen Mantelpiece

Small toys in the Parlour

Bishop’s Castle Town Band instruments

Bottles from the brewing display

Window detail

Butter making

Boot and shoemaking

Parlour Bookcase

The view from the South window

Old timbers in the Agricultural Room

Commemorative mug, Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1897

A collection of irons

Welcome to The House on Crutches Museum

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.

From the Collection

Magazine Magazine
Paper, Height 217mmmm, Width mm, Length 148mmmm, Depth mm, Diameter mm
Gift, Parish News, April 1974. The Clun Forest Deanery Magazine. Front cover has handwritten inscription M...

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Dressing Up


Why not arrange a visit for your group to the museum? We offer tailor-made themed visits 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.
More information

Discovering Shropshire's History
The House on Crutches Museum is part supported by Discovering Shropshire’s History

More about other museums and history resources in Shropshire at the Discovering Shropshire’s History website New Window

The Bull Inn in the last 19th century
The lost pubs of Bishop's Castle
A glimpse into the past of this town famed for its pubs and its breweries

More about this fascinating project undertaken by Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre at its dedicated new website New Window

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