Paddle into the Past Special – part 2

After passing under the Welsh Bridge, a relatively shallow part of the river, to our left was The Waterfront, The Armoury, and the Riverbank restaurant. Go back to the 19th Century and this area was known as as the Muckhole or Mudhole. Archaeologist Nigel Baker had taken us the town's old waste disposal site where…

1867: Skeletons in Frankwell

“CURIOUS DISCOVERY OF SKELETONS. –  Last week as some navvies were excavating for the sewerage works in Frankwell they discovered, at the junctions of the road leading to The Stew, not four feet from the surface, two skeletons, the teeth in the skull of one quite perfect. Nothing in the shape of clothing was found…

Paddle into the Past Special- part 1

An archaeological tour of the River Severn. It was the perfect place to build a settlement, in the middle of the loop of a river with its wonderful natural moat to act as a defence. Since it was founded in the 9th Century the town has built up layers and layers of rich history throughout…

7th July 1892: Bridgnorth Cliff Railway Opens

The Mayor and Corporation met at the Town Hall 12 o’clock, and in their robes marched to the lower station, preceded by the Willenhall Prize Band. The Corporation got into the car and on arriving at the top  the Mayor said this was a red letter day in the history of Bridgnorth, the opening of…