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Wombridge Canal

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William Reynolds (the ironmaster of the Ketley Iron Works in the late 18th century), undertook to construct three tub boat canals - the Wombridge Canal, the Ketley Canal and the Shropshire Canal.

1793 The Shrewsbury Canal was authorised, to link Shrewsbury with the east Shropshire canal network serving coal mines and ironworks around Oakengates, Ketley, Donnington Wood and Trench. It incorporated one mile and 88 yards of the Wombridge Canal, purchased from William Reynolds to provide access to the Donnington Wood Canal and the Shropshire Canal.


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