Ceramic Trail Site 2
Widow’s Bridge & South Portal of Berwick Tunnel
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.
Berwick Tunnel was completed in 1797, the same year as the canal opened. It is 970 yards long, and when built was the only tunnel in the country to have a towpath running along inside. It has a design fault – it isn’t straight, so boatmen could not see through from one end to the other! Halfway through the tunnel there is a white line painted on the roof to avoid arguments when two boats met in the middle – the boat that got there first had the right of way, so the other boat had to go back.
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.