Wappenshall Wharf

  • Wappenshall Wharf is very important for its architecture, industrial archaeology and social history.

  • It is believed that Telford himself designed the smaller warehouse as it bears many hallmarks of his work.

  • The two wharf buildings, built in the 1830’s have been listed Grade II by English Heritage.

  • The Shrewsbury Canal opened in 1797 and passed through Wappenshall mainly carrying coal to Shrewsbury

  • Of all the canals of the Shropshire Union closed by an Act of Parliament, only the Shrewsbury & Newport is not fully open. It is now under active restoration by SCNT.

  • After 1944, the canal and wharf passed first into the ownership of British Waterways and then into private hands operating as coal yard and then a truck repair site.

  • In 2008 SNCT submitted a planning application to prevent the owner converting the buildings to residential use which would have destroyed their heritage value, historic integrity and prevented restoration for canal use.

  • Because of its historic importance, Telford and Wrekin Council, purchased the Wappenshall Wharf site in 2009 granting a lease to the SNCT for 125 years to maintain and restore the derelict buildings the canal and basin.

  • The Thomas Telford’s Wappenshall Wharf project will transform Wappenshall Junction and create a financially sustainable future for the site through sensitive development.