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Dawley and Wellington were rivals to control Shropshire's new town. People here wanted to call it Dawley New Town. Those in Wellington (not to mention all the smaller towns and villages) refused point blank. Finally a compromise was reached - it was named Telford after the Scottish engineer, Thomas Telford, who did so much work locally.

Other Memories from Dawley

My parents (Ken & Gwen Gardner) bought a small general store on Chapel St, when I was aged 5 in 1969. My memories are lovely and will always be with me. Our next door neighbour was Mr Jim Curtis, always remember him, a lovely man who had a Monkey Puzzle tree in his garden and used to give me rhubarb over the fence from his garden. My best friend was an old lady who lived over the road named Mrs ...see more

I made a copy of an old Coalbrookdale last supper plaque, when I was an apprentice at the allied (Ketley). I donated it to Reverend Peter Clay, who had it cleaned up and finished with a brass coating. It now hangs on the left side of the church facing the congregation. This church is important to me because it is where we got married, our boys were baptised and where we renewed our vows (25 years later), Reverend Peter Clay was there to meet us afterwards.

My 2x Gr.Grandfather, George Thomas York farmed at "Woodlands" in 1845. He was conficted for stealing a horse and given 10 yrs transportation to Australia. Wife and 3 children left behind. Has anyone any knowledge of this or related to him ? Many thanks. June.

Added 15 December 2009

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