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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 August, 2004, 05:57 GMT 06:57 UK
Civil War document back in county
A unique record of a Shropshire town on the eve of the English Civil War has come home to the county.

The 1640 document, written on parchment and over two metres long, was recently bought for 1,300 by Shropshire Archives at an auction at Sotheby's.

It lists the amount of money collected from over 340 Ludlow men and women for the unpopular Ship Money tax, a factor in causing the 17th Century dispute.

The document can be seen at Shropshire Archives in Castle Gates, Shrewsbury.

'Wonderful collection'

Traditionally, Ship Money had been raised in ports and other coastal areas, so asking for it to be collected from places such as Ludlow was seen as unfair and illegal.

The people listed in the document include Sir Marmaduke Lloyd, an important lawyer and judge active in local and national politics.

Peter Phillips, Shropshire County Council's cabinet member for economy and culture, said: "I am delighted that this document has been purchased by the county council and will now be preserved for future generations."

County archivist Mary McKenzie said: "We hold a wonderful collection of records from the Borough of Ludlow, and this document was originally part of that collection, but must have been separated from the rest many years ago.

"It is great to bring it back to Shropshire where it belongs."

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