- HER Number (PRN): 03406
- Site Name : Wombridge Canal
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- Grid Reference: SJ 7003 1236
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- Brief Description: This site represents: a canal of 18th to 20th century date.
- Description: Constructed 1787-8 for the conveyance of coal and iron ore from Wombridge to the Donnington Wood furnaces. The canal was about 1.75 miles long and level, beginning just south of Wombridge church and communicating with the Donnington Wood canal (SA 3407). Built by William Reynolds at a cost of £1640. Four years later the Shrewsbury Canal CO (SA 3410), of which Reynolds was director and shareholder, paid £840 for 1 mile and 88yds of the Wombridge canal, from its junction with it just above what was later the Trench inclined plane (SA 3404) to Donnington Wood, which then became part of the Shrewsbury Canal's line. The company's Act provided that Reynold's internal traffic on the Wombridge Canal could pass free of toll. Furnaces were built at Wombridge in 1819 and it is probable that the unincorporated section of canal went out of use soon after. Tub boats probably 19ft 8ins x 6ft 4ins were used. The canal was abandoned c 1904 <1>
The waste from Wormbridge Iron Works and associated coal shafts had encroached on the southern end of this canal by 1901. <3>
- Record Type: Monument
(00) Card index: Shropshire County Council SMR. Site and Monuments Record (SMR) cards. SMR record cards. SMR Card for PRN SA 03406. (01) Monograph: Hadfield C. 1969/1985. Canals of the West Midlands. p151, p328-329. (02) Article in serial: 1954. Article in Shropshire Magazine. Shropshire Mag. Vol 5. No 2. p14. (03) Deskbased survey report: Hannaford Hugh R and Ward Penny A. 2014. Shropshire Mineral Resources Assessment for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. SCAS rep. 357.
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- For more information contact: Shropshire Council HER
- Date Created: 06/07/1978
- Date Last Edited: 30/07/2015 16:49:13