River Severn - The Shropshire Severn

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Shrewsbury


1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
The county town, Shrewsbury, developed around the Norman castle built on the high ground within a loop of the river. The historic bridge names 'Welsh Bridge' and 'English Bridge' mark its importance as a border town.



The cable stayed Frankwell footbridge opened in 1979 providing access to the local council offices.

SJ4812 : Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Guildhall by David Jones SJ4912 : Footbridge across the River Severn by Peter Whatley SJ4912 : River Severn, Frankwell footbridge by kevin skidmore

The Grade II* listed five span Welsh Bridge opened in 1795 to a design by John Tilley and John Carline.

SJ4812 : River Severn, Shrewsbury by David Dixon SJ4812 : River Severn, Welsh road bridge by kevin skidmore SJ4812 : "Welsh Bridge" Shrewsbury by Gordon Cragg

The Porthill footbridge opened in 1922 was largely funded by the Shrewsbury Horticultural Society and provides access to 'The Quarry'. It replaced a passenger ferry.

SJ4812 : Porthill Bridge by David Dixon SJ4812 : River Severn, Porthill footbridge by kevin skidmore SJ4912 : Building at Carline's Field, Coleham, Shrewsbury by Humphrey Bolton

The privately owned Kingsland Toll bridge designed by John Grover and opened in 1881 crosses the river beside Shrewsbury School. Greyfriars Footbridge crosses the river near Coleham.

SJ4812 : Kingsland Toll Bridge, Shrewsbury by Humphrey Bolton SJ4912 : Shrewsbury by www fotodiscs4u co uk SJ4912 : River Severn, Greyfriars footbridge by kevin skidmore SJ4912 : Marine Terrace by Andrew Bennett

The Grade II* listed seven span English Bridge opened in 1774 to a design by John Gwynn. It was widened and lowered in 1926 re-using the original stonework to remove the steep approach ramps. This was the site of the original fortified Norman bridge over the River Severn.

SJ4912 : "English Bridge" Shrewsbury by Gordon Cragg SJ4912 : River Severn, English road bridge by kevin skidmore SJ4912 : River Severn from English Bridge by Row17 SJ4912 : Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury by Mike White

The platforms of Shrewsbury Railway Station extend onto the river bridge opened in 1848.

SJ4912 : River Severn, Shrewsbury railway station bridge by kevin skidmore SJ4912 : Shrewsbury railway bridge by Graham Horn SJ4912 : Railway bridge over the River Severn, Shrewsbury by Dr Neil Clifton

Shrewsbury to Atcham


Leaving Shrewsbury the river loops north below Ditherington and Monkmoor towards the Shrewsbury battlefield. The 1910 weir was built to control water levels in the city centre.

SJ4913 : River Severn above the weir at Shrewsbury by Stephen Craven SJ4912 : River Severn, Castle walk footbridge by kevin skidmore SJ5013 : Houses up stream from the weir by Dave Croker SJ5013 : Weir on the River Severn in Shrewsbury by Jeremy Bolwell
SJ5014 : River Severn from Telford Way road bridge by Mr M Evison SJ5014 : River Severn, Telford Way road bridge by kevin skidmore SJ5114 : The River Severn - Shrewsbury by Anthony Parkes SJ5113 : The River Severn near Shrewsbury by Anthony Parkes SJ5113 : Banks of The River Severn - Monkmoor by Anthony Parkes

The A49 and A5 bypasses opened in 1992 and took through traffic away from the city centre.

SJ5214 : River Severn,  Shrewsbury A49 bypass road bridge, upstream bridge of two bridges on bypass by kevin skidmore SJ5213 : River Severn, Shrewsbury A49 bypass road bridge, downstream bridge of two bridges on bypass by kevin skidmore SJ5112 : River Severn, Belvidere railway bridge by kevin skidmore SJ5111 : Cows on the beach by Graham Horn

SJ5210 : River Severn,  Shrewsbury A5 bypass road bridge by kevin skidmore SJ5210 : River Severn south from bypass by John Firth SJ5310 : The River Severn Below Big Wood by Anthony Parkes SJ5309 : The River Severn above Atcham by Sarah Charlesworth

1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright


Prior to construction of the bypasses all traffic for Shrewsbury, mid and north Wales crossed the river at Atcham. There has been a bridge at this former ford since the early thirteenth century.










The newer of the two current bridges opened in 1929 to a design by Louis Gustav Mouchel.

SJ5309 : River Severn, Atcham by Stephen Richards SJ5409 : Atcham new bridge by John Firth SJ5409 : River Severn, Atcham road bridge by kevin skidmore

The older seven span bridge was designed by John Gwynn and completed in 1771. He was also responsible for English Bridge in Shrewsbury.

SJ5409 : The two bridges at Atcham by David Lally SJ5409 : The old bridge at Atcham by Sarah Charlesworth SJ5309 : Atcham Old Bridge by Mr M Evison SJ5409 : The River Severn by David Lally

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