The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust

Of all the canals of the Shropshire Union that were abandoned by the 1944 Act only the Shrewsbury & Newport, which ran through the centre of Withington, is not either fully open or under very active restoration.
The Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust has been formed in the belief that it is not too late to save the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals. Very little of the line of the canals has been built on and no insuperable engineering problems lie in the way of restoration.
The immediate aims of the Trust are:
  • to seek to preserve the canals remaining features
  • to ensure the local authority's Structure Plans and Local Plans are favourable to restoration of the canals
  • to promote restoration amongst the local authorities, and other organisations, along the line of the canals
  • to promote a full feasibility study into the canals' restoration
  • to establish partnerships with local authorities and other bodies that will facilitate restoration of the canals
  • to carry out projects to raise public awareness in the history, use and benefits of restoration, by publications, exhibitions etc.
For the latest news on the canal resoration, how to get involved, and information on how you can support these aims as a member, visit

"Thomas Telford's Wappenshall Wharf" wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

posted 16 Feb 2014, 13:14 by Lisa Gray   [ updated 16 Feb 2014, 13:18 ]

Some very good news, The Shrewsbury and Newport Canal Trust (SNCT) have won Heritage Lottery Fund support of almost £1million, with a phase one award of £72,000 to restore the canal warehouses at Wappenshall in north Telford, and create "Thomas Telford's Wappenshall Wharf". For the full story see here.


posted 5 Mar 2011, 13:02 by Bernie Jones   [ updated 5 Mar 2011, 13:09 by Nick Maton-Williams ]

26 March 2011 is the date of the SNCT AGM to be held at Wappenshall. The day starts with a walk along the Trench Arm at 9:30 am, to see the unique guillotine locks. But if that is a bit strenuous for you, just come along between 11:30 and 12 noon for tea/coffee and biscuits. Then the AGM starts at 12 until 1 pm when we break for lunch, when there is a chance to look round Wappenshall and see the Trust's display. After lunch at 2 pm there is a presentation by Tony Hirst entitled "Canals are not just for boats" and those that know Tony assure me this will be very interesting and informative. Afterwards there will be tea and biscuits. So why not come along and learn something about this wonderful canal that will, eventually, come to Withington.

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