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The oldest club in Shrewsbury...
The club – originally founded in 1881 – has had several homes around the town during its history but now sits proudly in Meadow Place. In 1881 like-minded Shrewsbury gentlemen got together to establish The Beaconsfield Club. It opened its doors in honour of Benjamin Disraeli who had represented the constituency for a few months in 1841 and 1842.
The first annual dinner of the club was held in the Music Hall, on December 12 1882. The bill of fare consisted of beef, veal, pork, mutton, ham, suckling pig, fowl, sausage, ducks, goose, pastry, cheese, and celery. A total of 134 tickets were sold at 2s.6d per head.
The Beaconsfield was initially established as a male only club. In the 1960s women were allowed to attend the club but were confined to a small lounge. By the 1980s women were totally integrated into the club and now play a major role in its running.
Benjamin Disraeli ( 1804 - 1881 )
" I am prepared for the worst,
but hope for the best"