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March 14, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

‘Crossing the River’ [Severn], book signing at Apley Farm Shop

Neil Clarke, Crossing the River, author

Neil Clarke, Crossing the River, author

Crossing the Rivers by Neil Clark

Crossing the Rivers by Neil Clarke

Apley ferry c1910, Dennis Price's photo

Apley ferry c1910, Dennis Price’s photo

Apley ferry 1810, Source - Stephen Dewhirst

Apley ferry 1810, Source – Stephen Dewhirst

Apley Bridge & ferry, March 1908, Source: Bill Rowley

Apley Bridge & ferry, March 1908, Source: Bill Rowley

Neil Clarke will be signing copies of his book ‘Crossing the River’ in Apley Farm Shop on Wednesday 15th April, 12-2pm. The book is an historical survey of the ford & ferry river crossings of the Shropshire Severn, tracing their origin, varied uses & eventual demise, when most were replaced by bridges.

Here are 3 river crossing images I’ve gathered whilst compiling the 3 Apley Archives Exhibitions held in The Creamery Café at Apley Farm Shop in 2014.

‘Crossing the River: Fords & Ferries on the Shropshire Severn’ is due to be published by the Railway & Canal Historical Society in March. It includes a mid-19th century engraving of Apley Hall which shows the lower ferry, & also mentions the two Apley ferries & the ferry lower down the river which crossed from Newton to Astley Abbots.

The book will be available for sale at a lecture he is giving to the Shropshire Archaeological & Historical Society at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury on Saturday 14th March. It will be officially launched at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum on Saturday 21st March.

He’s also working on a book ‘Waterways of East Shropshire Through Time’ which will include one of the Hamilton family’s paintings, showing a barge on the river Severn being pulled upstream by a gang of bow haulers, with Apley Hall in the background. I’ll dig out an image of the painting tomorrow. Click HERE for more details.

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