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Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust is delighted to announced that the Shrewsbury District and North Wales Branch of the Inland Waterways Association has agreed to donate £3,000 towards Phase 1 of their major project “Thomas Telford @ Wappenshall Wharf.” The donation will greatly help the Trust to complete the restoration of the smaller, Thomas Telford designed warehouse at the wharf, which will see a coffee shop/bistro installed and open to the public in the autumn of 2019. Currently, the project is on schedule with the roof about to have its slates replaced after all timberwork has been restored. Work will continue in the New Year and will include the re-watering of the East Basin.

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Wappenshall Update Newsletter

Here is the Second of many updates to come about the exciting project at Wappenshall,
click here to download the newsletter. You can read the first newsletter here.


Volunteers required for the "Countess" Horse Drawn Boat

Can any members help out Mike and Gill Dutton, members of the team who look after the horse-drawn boat, Countess, based at Maesbury?

This does an important job introducing visitors to the canal. They learn about the history of canals demonstrated by the boats horse drawn nature of the trip. They also find out about the restoration of this branch of the Shropshire Union.

For more information click here, or click the image to the right.





50 Buildings for Telford 50

wappenshall from the air

As part of the Telford @ 50 Legacy Programme, the Council want to create a lasting digital record of some of Telford’s important and favourite buildings.

The 50 Buildings Project will use digital scanning to create a virtual tour of 50 local buildings.

Wappenshall Wharf has been lucky enough to be selected as of one of the virtual tours that have already been produced.

To view the virtual tour click here.

To view more information and other virtual tours visit the Telford 50 website using the link below. 


Telford and Wrekin Community Lottery - Twincl

Telford and Wrekin Community Lottery has been launched to raise money for local good causes. Players have a 56 to one chance of winning one of the prizes which
range from the £25,000 jackpot to three extra tickets and 60% of the money
raised will go to local good causes and charities.

Join other supporters in raising funds to help return our canals to their former glory.

To find out how to support the SNCT and buy tickets in the lottery, please go to the Twincl website. You can sign up online or by calling 01952 327788.


A breach in the Shropshire Union Canal - Emergency Appeal

for full information and opportunity to donate please go to the CRT website








What is the Thomas Telford's Wappenshall Wharf Project?


Wappenshall Wharfartist's impression of restored wharf







The project will:


·      Restore two Grade II listed canal warehouses and re-water the wharf’s East Basin

·      Provide a quality coffee shop/bistro to raise funds for further restoration

·      Incorporate a permanent visitor centre that will celebrate the life and works of one of our country’s foremost Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford, (1757-1834)

·      Become a vibrant visitor centre dedicated to the local canals and their heritage

·      Ensure that the site supports a wide variety of animals, birds and plant life

·      Make available a flexible and innovative space for the local community and businesses

·      Provide an opportunity for young people to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects in interesting ways

·      Become a catalyst for the longer-term restoration of the entire Shrewsbury & Newport Canals


Wappenshall Wharf is half way along the 24¾ miles of these historically important canals that played such an important part in the Industrial Revolution. We want the restoration of the wharf to be a catalyst that will enable the restoration of the canals themselves. The income from the completed project that will accrue from the many thousands of paying visitors will provide the capital to realise this goal. Your support will greatly help!

For more information about the history and background to Wappenshall Wharf please go to the History section.


Where is Wappenshall Wharf?

Within easy access of the M54 and A5 but situated in a rural location just 2½ miles northeast of Wellington in the Telford & Wrekin local authority area. The postcode is TF6 6DE and visitors are welcome to view the site during our Work Parties which take place on every 3rd Saturday of the month from 10.00am - 4.00pm.  Wappenshall Junction is where the Shrewsbury Canal meets the Newport Branch Canal; the first and last canal projects worked on by Thomas Telford.

How can you Help?

  • Send a text message with SNCT01 £10 (or SNCT01 £1/£2/£3/£4/£5 whatever you can give!) to 70070

  • Pledge money for the future development.  Please download the Pledge form,  print it out, fill it in and return it to Bernie Jones as soon as possible. Thank you!

  • Become a Corporate Sponsor: contact Bernie Jones for our business packages

  • Become a Volunteer.  For more information on Volunteering please go to our Volunteering Page.

  • You can also raise money for the Trust while shopping online with Easyfundraising. We have already raised over £1780 with this.  To find out how click:


diagram of canals

These are the canals we are working to restore

The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals were officially abandoned by the 1944 Act of Parliament but they are now under active restoration.

The Trust was formed in 2000 to return the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals back to navigation.  Very little of the line of the canals has been built on and no insuperable engineering problems lie in the way of restoration.

The Aims of the Trust are to protect, conserve and improve the route of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals, and branches, for the benefit of the community and the environment, with the ultimate goal of restoring a continuous navigable waterway linking Norbury Junction to Shrewsbury.

We are making progress and have obtained Heritage Lottery Funding towards the restoration of the transhipment building and warehouse at Wappenshall Junction.   For more information about Wappenshall, see Features in our Canals section of the site.

Below is a video made by The Canals and Rivers Trust about the benefits to communities when waterways are restored.


S&N Canal News

Derek Taylor 


Jo Havell 


Wappenshall Wharf Plan B Phase 1 

Going well but help needed

Shropshire Radio Interview 

Have a listen!

The Thomas Telford Trail 

Now at Madeley Library

Help to Spread the Word about the Trust 

Send us your photos or other items of interest

Upcoming Events

Trustee Meetings 

Next meeting Thursday 17 January 2019

Next SSG Support Meeting 

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Next NSG Support Meeting 

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Next TSG Support Meeting 

Monday 11th February 2019