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Spanning the river Severn in-between the villages of Coalport and Jackfield is a footbridge. Known locally as the ‘shaky bridge’ (for obvious reasons) this
structure is not only a lifeline between two communities – it is also a
dedication to soldiers from the two villages who lost their lives in the two
World Wars. It is believed to be unique in that is a functional war
memorial.
The original bridge was erected in 1922 and replaced the Tuckies river ferry. However, time took its toll and so in the year 2000 the bridge was removed and refurbished off-site. The ‘new’ bridge has much better access allowing it to still be used during the annual river floods – but the plaque with the names of those who fell during the wars still remains halfway across its span. Sadly it’s not a shaky as it used to be.

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