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The Thomas Telford Trail

Thanks to the Telford 50 Legacy Fund, a new trail that incorporates key landmarks in Shropshire and beyond that can be attributed to Thomas Telford has been unveiled last year.

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 Canal 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 trial 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 allows 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.

Telford and Wrekin Council has largely funded the leaflet as part of the Telford@50 celebrations and its Managing Director Richard Partington officially launched the exhibition at Southwater Library, Telford, in September 2018.

SNCT Chairman, Bernie Jones, said: “The Thomas Telford Trail is a great way to highlight some of the incredible achievements of the man who is largely responsible for the way our county is today.

“To be able to do this in Telford’s 50th anniversary year pays tribute to his accomplishments but also sheds some light on some of his lesser known projects. He was a remarkable engineer and it is testament to his skill that many of his structures and buildings are still in operation today.

“We hope the trail will help people learn more about the man whose name is synonymous with Shropshire.”

Download the Thomas Telford Trail map.