Welcome to the South Telford Heritage Trail
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The South Telford Heritage Trail is a 12 mile circular walking route that takes you on a journey around known, and lesser known, heritage sites within the Parishes of Stirchley & Brookside, Madeley, Dawley Hamlets and the Gorge.

 

The route follows the remains of a network of canals, tramways, railways, coal-mines, brickworks, potteries and ironworks that once flourished in the area.

 

 

South Telford Heritage Trail Way Marker Disc

 

The Trail can be walked in its entirety in 5-6 hours or tackled in bite-sized sections. It is easy to find - just look out for the unique logo on a series of way marker posts and follow the arrows.

 

 

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This website not only provides you with downloadable walking guides for you to print out and use to plan your walks along the trail, it is also a valuable guide for finding out more about the heritage sites you will pass.

 

You can read about the history of these sites as well as viewing historical photographs to see how radically some of these sites have changed over the years.

 

This website is also a community resource. As well as reading the information about each heritage site along the trail, you can also add your own comments and memories, including your own photographs if you have them.

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Section 1: Town Park & Stirchley
Section 2: Lightmoor & Dawley
Section 3: Madeley
Section 4: The Ironbridge Gorge

Blue Pool

This was once the site of a pit used by the Randlay Brickworks to provide clay for the making of their distinctive 'blood-red' bricks. Bricks from the Randlay works were used to build the Stirchley Chimney. At the bottom of the deep pool are the remains of the brickworks buildings and machinery. The suspension of the clay particles in the water gives the pool its deep blue colour and hence its name. More...

Blue Pool Blue Pool

Stirchley Chimney

A permanent reminder of the industry that once occupied the Town Park, the Stirchley Chimney, 62 metres in height, was built in 1873 on the site of an existing blast furnace that had been operating since 1827. Following the bankruptcy of the company that built it, the Wellington & Coal Company, the furnaces were eventually leased to the Wrekin Chemical Works in 1886. They produced tar, sulphur, lime salt, wood, naptha and charcoal until they ceased production in 1932. More...

Stirchley Chimney Stirchley Chimney

St James Church

One of the finest churches in Telford, St James consists of 3 main parts that reflect its life over more than 800 years. The stone built chancel with its impressive arch dates from the late 12th Century, the nave and West Tower is 18th Century and the brick built North Isle was added in the 19th Century. The most significant memorials in the graveyard belong to the Botfield family who were the leading local industrialists in the area during the 1800s and patrons of the church. More...

St James Church St James Church

Aqueduct

An isolated remnant from the industrial past, the 'Aqueduct' gave its name to the village that grew up around it. Built out of stone in 1792 by James Lowden, the single arch aqueduct was used to carry the western arm of the Shropshire Canal over the old Wellington to Bridgnorth turnpike road. This stretch of the canal, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, was the main means of transporting coal supplies to the ironworks at Coalbrookdale. More...

Aqueduct Aqueduct

Madeley Court

Robert Brooke, the Speaker of the House of Commons during the reign of Mary 1, began the construction of the Manor, as we know it today, in 1553. When the house finally passed from the Brooke family ownership in 1705 it was lived in for a short period by Abraham Darby I of Coalbrookdale. It is now a fine hotel and conference centre. More...

Madeley Court Madeley Court

Madeley High Street

The lower end of Madeley High Street was once known as Bridge Street because of the railway bridge carrying a branch line to Coalport (East) that crossed it. It also used to be referred to as 'neck end', a term for a cheap cut of meat that would have suggested that this area was not the best part of town in which to live. Most of Madeley High Street remains untouched and looks exactly what it was like in the mid 1800s. More...

Madeley High Street Madeley High Street

All Nations Public House

The All Nations pub has been brewing and selling its own beer on the premises, almost continuously, since 1832. It is reputed to have been named after the unsmoked pieces of tobacco that were placed in a jar and sold as, 'All Nations'. The licence of the pub stayed in the Baguley family for 97 years before it was sold to the Lewis family in 1934. The Lewis's kept the license in the family for 54 years. More...

All Nations All Nations

Hay Inclined Plane

One of the best examples of the ingenuity of 19th century engineers to overcome the differences in height between the Shropshire canal, running from Blists Hill, and the canal basin at Coalport. Surmounting a vertical distance of 63 metres (the equivalent of 25 conventional canal locks) it employed a clever system of lowering and hauling (at the same time) fully laden Tub boats directly from the canal above to the canal basin below using railway tracks. More...

Hay Inclined Plane Hay Inclined Plane

The Ironbridge

The world's first iron bridge, built by Abraham Darby III, opened as a toll bridge in 1781. The charge for crossing the bridge was not lifted until 1950. More...

The Ironbridge The Ironbridge

Quaker Burial Ground

Dating from the 18th century, the Quaker Burial ground contains the graves of many ironmasters and manufacturers associated with Coalbrookdale. The cemetery consists of a sloping lawn with 2 huge fir trees enclosed behind high brick walls. Access is through an iron gateway in the wall. Visitors will note that the headstones are separated from the graves and placed around the walls. More...

Quaker Burial Ground View from the Quaker Burial Ground

Castle Pools

The pools were feeder reservoirs in the early 19th century for the nearby arm of the Shropshire canal which would have been used by the Dawley Castle Ironworks to transport pig iron to the forges at Coalbrookdale. More...

Castle Pools

Dawley and Stirchley Railway Station

The Station opened in 1861 on the route of the London & North Western Railway's branch line to Coalport. The remains of the platform and the goods yard opposite can be clearly seen. The station was closed to passengers in 1952 and the railway to Coalport completely stopped running in 1964. More...

Stirchley and Dawley Train Station Stirchley and Dawley Train Station