Shropshire Council

Event : Crossing the river: fords and ferries on the Shropshire Severn

Event details

  • Price: Adults £3, Child £2
  • Venue: Severn Valley Country Park
  • Topics: Talks

Local historian and author Neil Clarke will be giving a fascinating illustrated talk looking at the early crossing points over the Severn.

There were crossings of the Severn in the Bridgnorth area as early as prehistoric and then Roman times. Upstream from Bridgnorth, two ferries served the Apley estate and another the settlements of Newton and Astley Abbots. Below Bridgnorth, and with no vehicular road bridges before Bewdley, fords and ferries were important for the communities on both sides of the river.

The ferries at Danesford, Quatford, Hampton Loade (including its ford), Potters Loade and Stanley (Highley) all survived into the 20th Century.

Ticket includes a hot drink and biscuits.

Severn Valley Country Park

Severn Valley Country Park, Country Park Way, Alveley, Shropshire, WV15 6NG

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