Shrewsbury Canal Exhibition

Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust (SNCT) has staged a Shrewsbury Canal Exhibition at the Abbey Station, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AH and volunteers from the Trust have been explaining the on-going restoration to residents and tourists.

The exhibition contains maps, timelines, working models and photographs of the Shrewsbury Canal which originally opened in 1797 to bring coal to the county town from east Shropshire. The canal route passes Attingham at Berwick Wharf before passing through Sundorne and alongside the Flaxmill (also opened in 1797) en route to the Buttermarket in Howard Street. Much of the line through Sundorne has been cleared by SNCT and regular volunteer work parties now take place at both ends of Berwick Tunnel.

A video of a recent visit by the London Waterway Recovery Group to Berwick Tunnel to assist SNCT is being shown within the exhibition. One of the SNCT stewards at the exhibition Alan Wilding said: "We have been talking to a a wide range of locals and tourists. Some visitors had no idea that there used to be a canal serving the town."

He added: "We are extremely grateful to the Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust for inviting us to use the excellent facilities at their Abbey Station to stage this exhibition. We are looking forward to a busy weekend of telling more peole what we are doing."

The Shrewsbury Canal Exhibition is open daily from 11 am to 3.30 pm and runs until Sunday 21 July 2019. Entry is free but donations are welcomed which will be shared between the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust and the Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust.