Shropshire History




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There are a number of fords in Shropshire that cross major rivers like the Severn as well as minor streams. From an early date, they were the only way of crossing such water as bridges had either not been invented at that time or the technology to build them was lacking.


A traditional ford was used at a place where the water was shallow, allowing people to safely wade across or take wagons where only the wheels got wet.  A later invention was the “Irish Bridge” which was a low causeway that normally allowed a dry crossing but became a ford when water levels were high.



An excellent website by Susan Laflin on Shropshire Place Names Ending in “Ford” gives a comprehensive description of the fords in Shropshire and it is not intended to repeat the information here.


Similarly, another website called Wetroads lists the fords with a photo and description.