Early Tramroads near Telford – Part 5 – Newdale Bridge
The featured image above shows Newdale Bridge after some path work improvements were undertaken. 
Newdale Bridge is one extant remnant of the old tramway which probably ran between Ketley and Horsehay. The images below show its location. The bridge is recorded by Historic England as a Grade II listed structure (No. 1025096). It was listed on 8th April 1983. 
The Wrekin Local Studies Forum records this bridge in these words: “An extensive network of tramways was built, with horses pulling small waggons laden with coal, firclay and other minerals, connecting various mines to foundry sites. Pioneered by Abraham Darby II, Newdale Tram Bridge, crossing over Ketley Dingle, was built in 1759 around the same time [as] Darby’s revolutionary idea for the first purpose-built workers’ village, New Dale, with a small foundry, various cottages and the impressive long row consisting of 17 back-to-back dwellings.” 
Newdale Village has long-gone but the tramway bridge has been retained.
The Lilleshall Company was using limestone and lime at the Old Lodge Furnaces from Steeraway between 1831 and 1835. To reach the furnaces they must have had a tramway going south to the Coalbrookdale branch of the Shropshire Canal or used this tramway to reach the Ketley canal, the incline plane being out of use by then.
That is interesting. AS I am new to the area, I still have much to learn about where places are and their history. Might you be able to out the location and tramway route on gogle maps, or something similar and I will have a look.
Steeraway Quarries (SJ65524 09639) are to the west of Newdale. A tramway heading south to the Little Wenlock road is shown on the maps. There is the suggestion of the route of a tramway heading east to the Lawley Furnaces (SJ66725 09364) and hence to Newdale?.
The Donnington Wood Furnaces and The Old Lodge Furnaces (SJ71696 12268) (built 1824) got their limestone via the Donnington Wood Canal from Lilleshall Mines. Whether there was a problem during that time (1831-50) at the Lilleshall mines have yet to discover it.
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