Books of condolence to The Queen open in Shropshire

Books of condolence are open across Shropshire so people can pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, whose death was announced to the nation yesterday evening.

These give Shropshire residents the opportunity to pay their respects to The Queen and share their thoughts, feelings and memories about her 70-year reign.

Books of condolence are open at the following locations from 9.30am today (Friday 9 September). Libraries will be open for the public to sign the books until 6pm today, and 9am-6pm during weekdays next week,  throughout the period of mourning:

  • Bridgnorth Library
  • Ludlow Library
  • Mayor’s Parlour, The Castle, Shrewsbury
  • Market Drayton Library
  • Oswestry Library
  • Shrewsbury Library
  • Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
  • Shrewsbury Museum, Shrewsbury
  • Whitchurch Library

Find your nearest library opening times here.

Books of condolences will also be available at a number of town and parish councils and churches in Shropshire.

Church Stretton

Church Stretton Town Council will be opening a book of condolence. It will be available in the Silvester Horne Institute between 10am and 4pm. There is also a book of condolence in St Lawrence’s Church.


Albrighton Library has a book of condolence available for the public. The library will be open from 10am to 5pm today.


A book will be open at Ellesmere Town Hall from 10.30am today. Access to the building will be 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, weekdays from 9am to 3pm.

The town council is happy to open up the building by prior appointment should anyone wish to sign that is unable to do so within the normal opening hours and a book will also be open at St Mary’s Church from 8am today throughout daylight hours each day.

Cleobury Mortimer

A book of condolence in St. Mary’s Church, Cleobury Mortimer.

Much Wenlock

The book of condolence in Much Wenlock will be located in Holy Trinity Church, not the library.

Alternatively, you can sign the national online condolence book at

Those who do not have access to the internet or are not able to go to a location to sign a book of condolence, can send handwritten messages or cards to be addressed to Chair of Shropshire Council, Democratic Services, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND. These will be placed in the books of condolences.

We know many people will want to express their sadness by laying flowers. Floral tributes can be made at Shrewsbury Castle as well as many other local locations across the county.

The first floral tributes were laid this morning by The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner and she was joined by Chairman of the Council Vince Hunt and Leader of the Council Lezley Picton in signing the Book of Condolence there.

The Lord-Lieutenant, the Chairman, the Leader, and Shropshire Council’s chief executive Andy Begley lead the tributes to Her Majesty, which can be read in full here.


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