Ceramic Trail Site 1
Upton Magna Village Store and Café
Hidden Waterways is an intergenerational community project delivered by The Hive, exploring the heritage and tales behind Shropshire’s hidden canals and waterways. Through engagement with creative workshops, the project focuses on storytelling to improve mental and emotional wellbeing, whilst encouraging community cohesion and pride in the local area.
Shrewsbury Canal Historical Information
Getting coal to Shrewsbury by road was becoming increasingly tricky and expensive. The idea was put forward for a canal linking the coalfields of East Shropshire (around Oakengates) with the centre of Shrewsbury.
Josiah Clowes was employed as engineer (replaced by Thomas Telford after Clowes death in 1794) and the canal was officially opened in 1797.
The Shrewsbury Canal ran from Trench, via what was, later, Wappenshall Junction, and terminated at what we now call The Buttermarket. At Berwick Wharf, it served Attingham Park and also ran alongside the Flaxmill delivering coal for its steam engine. In 1835 Shrewsbury was connected to the national canal network via the Newport canal from Wappenshall Junction to the Birmingham and Liverpool canal at Norbury Junction. The last working boat reached Shrewsbury in 1936. Thank you to SNCT volunteer Margaret Cann for her support with this historical information.
Please explore the images, videos and audio clips below to learn about the people who lived and worked on the Shrewsbury Canal and to see a birds-eye-view of how the waterways look now.