SAVE THOMAS TELFORD'S WAPPENSHALL WHARF

Help raise £350,000 to access over £1 million of grants and turn two derelict buildings into a vibrant visitor/heritage centre!

 

What is the Thomas Telford's Wappenshall Wharf Project?

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
  • 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.

  • Outline total project costs are £1,512,906.

  • The first phase of project development at a cost of £89,200 has already been funded.

  • The second round of this Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £913,000 will be applied for in December 2016 once the additional funding has been raised.

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?

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

  • 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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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.

 

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