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.

The Thomas Telford Trail

In and around the town named after him

Come and find out about The Thomas Telford Trail at Southwater Library Telford! Supported by Telford & Wrekin Council as part of the Telford @ 50 celebrations 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 features 13 landmarks in the borough of Telford and Wrekin including Wappenshall Junction which is home to the SNCT. Click here to find out more or you can download the Thomas Telford Trail map from here. You can also watch a short video from the Launch event 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




Help to turn two derelict buildings into a vibrant visitor/heritage centre!


What is the Thomas Telford's Wappenshall Wharf Project?


Wappenshall Wharfartist's impression of restored wharf





  • The restoration of two derelict Grade II buildings, the wharf and surrounding canals

  • The only permanent exhibition celebrating the country’s foremost civil engineer, Thomas Telford, (1757-1834)

  • A vibrant visitor and heritage centre dedicated to the local canals and their history

  • A site that supports a wide variety of animals, birds and plant life

  • Flexible and innovative space for volunteers, the local community and local businesses

  • The opportunity for young people to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects in interesting ways

  •  catalyst for the longer term restoration of the entire Shrewsbury & Newport Canal

  • The project has been designed by AHR Architects, conservation architects.


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

Fundraising Thermometer

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?

  • Donate as little or as much as you want by clicking on the Donate button below.

  • 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.


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  • 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

Shropshire Radio Interview 

Have a listen!

The Thomas Telford Trail 

Now at Wellington Library



Book Launch 

"The Shropshire Union Canal"

Trustees Meetings 

Next meeting Thursday 15th November 2018

Help to Spread the Word about the Trust 

Send us your photos or other items of interest

Upcoming Events

Next SSG Support Meeting 

Tuesday 13th November

Next NSG Support Meeting 

Wednesday 7th November

Daniel Champagne SNCT Fund Raiser 

Wed 21st Nov 7:30pm

Next TSG Support Meeting 

Saturday 15th December

IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales branch social evening 

Friday 23rd November 6.30 for 7pm start