Thomas Telford Trail

A new Thomas Telford trail has been unveiled by The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust.

The Thomas Telford Trail highlights 24 well and lesser known bridges, roads, canals and buildings that Telford was involved in during his time as the county’s engineer.

It is the brainchild of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust (SNCT), a charity that aims to protect, conserve and improve the route of the canals that Thomas Telford established during this time in Shropshire in the late 1700 to 1800s.

The trail is the basis of a travelling exhibition that includes a giant information board detailing the history and Thomas Telford’s links with each location, supported by leaflets that will allow people to take the journey around the county and beyond for themselves.

It features 13 landmarks in the borough of Telford and Wrekin including Wappenshall Junction that is home to the SNCT, Hadley Park Locks, and St Leonard’s Church in Malinslee, which was the last of three churches Thomas Telford built in the area.

There are also a further 11 locations including Shrewsbury Prison, Bridgnorth Bridge, Montford Bridge and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct that the engineer was involved in.

You can find out more and  download the trail map here.

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