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Wappenshall: Put the water back in the canal basin

by Alan Boney in Wappenshall, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 27th November 2018 we successfully raised £15 with 2 supporters in 35 days

Put the water back in the canal for the first time in 50 years. Plus restore a warehouse to a café so that people can come and enjoy it.

by Alan Boney in Wappenshall, England, United Kingdom

The money raised for this project will help to bring the past back to life.  Wappenshall was first established in 1797 and was so successful that like Telford New Town it needed links to make successful.  For the new town it needed the M54. For the area back at the beginning of the 19th Century it needed a motorway connection too. Back then the motorways were canals, so in 1835 Thomas Telford built and opened the Newport Canal to join the many canals in Telford via the Newport canal to Norbury Junction where that main canal network could be joined.

Since the canals were abandoned by Act of Parliament in 1944 Telfords 2 canals have remained largely unused. Wappenshall has been occupied by a coalyard and by a transport company who repaired lorries on the site.

The best of news now is that restoration work on the Wappenshall site has begun.  Scaffolding is up and it is hoped that by sometime in 2021 the whole site will be open as a museum dedicated to Thomas Telford with a café, meeting rooms for local groups and companies and be a beautiful and tranquil site for all local people as well as tourist to visit and bring employment and visitors to this neglected part of Telford  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£2 or more

Tour of Wappenshall

Anyone who supports us will be entitled to a free tour of the site at Wappenshall. Including a cup of tea and biscuit. Make sure you bring some suitable footwear, it can be a bit muddy. Some areas may be out of bounds owing to ongoing restoration work. Tours will be available between 10am and 3:30pm on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

£10 or more

1 of 50 claimed

SNCT membership

Membership of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust will bring you a quarterly magazine with all the news of how we are progressing with the restoration work along the canals. Stories from the history of the canals and much much more. Also the right to vote at our annual AGM.

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