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Introduction: Much Wenlock town culvert

Much Wenlock town culvert
Date: 2003

Description: A stream, known as the "Shit Brook", runs through the centre of Much Wenlock from Wenlock Edge to join the River Severn at Buildwas. John Leland noted the stream in around 1540 when it was known as the "Schetebrok" and, as the name suggests, it was probably an open sewer. The stream runs through a culvert which is itself a historic structure thought to date back in part to the 14th century. A structural survey of the culvert in the 1990's showed that it was in poor condition and there had been several incidences of collapse and flooding of properties. A scheme of refurbishment was proposed and Shropshire County Council Archaeology Service were on hand to record the culvert as it was exposed and any other archaeological features disturbed during the works. This report can be read at Shropshire Archives, Shrewsbury.

Report 184, Shropshire County Council Archaeology Service, H.R. Hannaford, July 2000.

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Image courtesy of: Shropshire County Council Archaeology Service

Donor Ref: ' qC61, MW00  (132/4212)'

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