Schoolhouse Bridge Reopens

Schoolhouse Bridge reopens


A parade of historic vehicles marks completion of the new Schoolhouse Bridge in Crickheath, Shropshire.

After many years of effort, and months spent by bridge contractors on the site, completion of the new Schoolhouse Bridge – the last highway blockage on the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire – was marked by a procession of historic vehicles crossing the bridge days before the road was formally opened to traffic.

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A Successful Year for Montgomery Canal Volunteers

A canal boat going under a bridge on the Montgomery Canal

Volunteers from the Shropshire Union Canal Society (SUCS) have been looking back over 2023 with pride.

Dave Carter, SUCS Chairman said: “Last year will go down in the society’s history as a great year, we had funding from many sponsors, especially the National Heritage Lottery Fund, but without our team of volunteers who turned out in all weathers and worked so hard, none of this would have been possible. The challenge now is to keep this rate of progress going in 2024 but I think, as Tom Fulda takes over as project manager, this is assured”.

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Traditional skills on the Montgomery Canal

Traditional skills are bringing a tramway wharf back to life on the Montgomery Canal.

In a world stuffed with technology it’s great to see that traditional skills and methods are still being used to great effect and this is true at Grinshill Stone Quarry where masons are dressing large coping stones to replace broken ones at Crickheath Wharf, on the Montgomery canal, just south of Oswestry.

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Navigation Pale Ale for the Monty!

Monty’s Brewery based in the Welsh town of Montgomery, has launched Navigation Pale Ale to support the ongoing restoration of the Montgomery Canal.

The Montgomery Canal has recently celebrated the opening of another restored section to Crickheath Basin while Schoolhouse Bridge, another 300 yds along the course of the canal, is currently being rebuilt – so it’s great to see a local business supporting the restoration effort.

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