Telford was established as a new town in 1968. Within its boundaries it incorporated many old settlements and communities, some dating back to the Domesday Book. During the 18th and 19th centuries the area was noted for its coal mines, iron works, china factories and brickworks.
By the beginning of the 20th century much of this industry had declined and by the 1960s, what remained was a legacy of uncapped mineshafts, derelict buildings, abandoned quarries, spoil heaps and pit mounds. The development of Telford and thoughtful landscaping has removed or hidden many of these scars. What remains though throughout the area of South Telford is a wealth of heritage sites. These include the canals, railways, mines, ironworks, houses and fine buildings associated with this industrial past. However, unless you know what to look for, many of these heritage sites are easily missed by the casual walker and their contributions to the rich history of the area are less well known.
The aim of the South Telford Heritage Trail is to address these deficiencies by offering a self-guided walking route that links known and lesser known heritage sites within South Telford and to provide information about each site. This Trail has only been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stirchley & Brookside Parish Council.
From the Telford Town Park in the North, to Ironbridge in the South and Lightmoor and Dawley in the West, the Trail winds its way through the old parts of Stirchley, Aqueduct, Madeley, Jackfield and Coalbrookdale, taking in many heritage sites on the way.