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100th Anniversary of Mary Webb’s first book (22nd November 2016)

100th Anniversary of Mary Webb’s first book

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Golden Arrow’, the first novel from one of Shropshire’s greatest writers, Mary Webb. Her life and work are firmly centred in her native county and the Mary Webb Society are celebrating with a programme of events.

‘The Golden Arrow’ is based on an old legend where lovers earn good fortune by finding a mythical arrow on Palm Sunday on Pontesford Hill. In Mary’s world Shrewsbury was Silverton, the Stiperstones are the Diafol Mountains, Lord’s Hill is God’s Little Mountain, Long Mynd is Wilderhope.

Mary was born in Leighton, lived much of her childhood in Much Wenlock before marrying and moving to Pontesbury and finally building her beloved Spring Cottage on Lyth Hill. She suffered from Graves Disease, a thyroid disorder which caused her ill health and led to her premature death at the age of 46 years. Due to her illness Mary was reluctant to have her photograph taken and in the exhibition there is a rare portrait of her donated to the museum by Winifred Downes who had been her 3½ year old bridesmaid and was daughter of the family’s gardener.

The Society invite you to celebrate the anniversary whilst entering into the Christmas spirit with a festive lunch and fayre at The Gaskell Arms, Much Wenlock. Mary Webb spent her happiest years in this beautiful town.

For a full list of events taking place this year please visit the Mary Webb Society website