East Shropshire Canal Network
Telford's Old Canals
East Shropshire Tub Boat Canals, were amongst the first to be built in
Britain. The network was made up of a number of short and very narrow canals situated around the area that we
now call Telford. For a long period the old canals of Telford were self contained with no connection into the
main canal system although there was an indirect link at the south of the network into the River Severn.
The East Shropshire Network was made up of the following
(click the canal names for a full history and route description)
Donnington Wood Canal
This ran from Pave Lane near Newport, through Lilleshall to Donnington Wood. It had branches at Lilleshall, an
inclined plane and underground mines at Donnington Wood.
This canal linked with the Shropshire Canal at Oakengates. At Ketley Bank the World's first ever canal inclined
plane was constructed.
This canal was built by Thomas Telford. It ran from the Trench inclined plane to the centre of Shrewsbury. It
contained numerous guillotine locks and the famous Longdon Aqueduct.
This fascinating canal began at Donnington Wood. It had 4 inclined planes and now runs through Blists Hill open
This connected with
the Donnington Wood Canal at Donnington Wood. It ran for 2 miles into Wombridge. At Trench it connected with
the Shrewsbury Canal via an inclined plane.