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IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch

About the Branch

IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch covers North and Mid Wales, parts of East and South Cheshire, Shropshire and parts of West Staffordshire.

The Branch includes two World Heritage Sites. One straddles two countries and includes the highest navigable aqueduct ever built, the Pontcysyllte aqueduct.  The other includes the world’s first cast iron bridge over the River Severn at Ironbridge Gorge.

The videos below report on the reopening of Schoolhouse Bridge on the Montgomery Canal and the branch’s January 2024 social walk.

See also the news report on the reopening of Schoolhouse Bridge, IWA meets Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski at IWA’s stand in the Shrewsbury’s Canal Heritage exhibition, and an appreciation of former branch officers Derrick and Mary Awcock.

Shroppie Fly Paper Newsletter

Shroppie Fly Paper is the newsletter of IWA Shrewsbury & North Wales Branch.

You can read our latest newsletter online

You can also see a full report, with video, of the re-opening of the Montgomery Canal to Crickheath Basin on 3rd June 2023.

The image, left, shows Wappenshall Warehouse with water in the east basin once again after 70 years without.  Bernie Jones sent us this lovely view and said restoration of the small warehouse is also coming on with new windows, underfloor heating and a toilets annexe currently in progress for the new café which opens later this year.  Wappenshall is in east Shropshire on the line of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals and from where a connection was made from the old Shrewsbury Canal to the national network at Norbury Junction in 1835.


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