Hear about Statue 4
Bridgnorth was once one of England’s most important inland ports. In 1756, there were 75 sailing vessels registered here. Bridgnorth had at least three boat-builders. The Severn trows were usually 60ft. (18.3m.) long by 14ft. (4.3m.); but one, built here in 1850, was 96ft. long (29m.). The river trade died out after the railway arrived in 1862.
Historians think that there might have been a bridge here in the 10th century, but it was certainly here in 1272, when there was a fight recorded on Bridgnorth Bridge between two Broseley men. The bridge you see now has been much altered over the years and, in a previous form, had a gatehouse, houses and a chapel on it.
Sponsor: Perry & Phillips Funeral Directors
Perry & Phillips Funeral Directors have proudly served Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas since 1835. The name of Perry & Phillips is synonymous with all that is best in funeral direction, and the services, facilities and premises provided at Perry & Phillips have been carefully developed to produce a combination of efficiency, immediate attention and very personal help. When called upon to arrange a funeral, complete responsibility is taken so that relatives have no more to worry about than is absolutely necessary at that difficult time.
Artist: Paul Hopkins
Facebook: Paul Hopkins fine art prints and painting
Paul studied Art and Design at Bournville School of Art, followed by an HND in Technical Illustration. He is now a professional artist working from his own gallery – Stoneway Gallery in Low Town, Bridgnorth – where his originals and prints are on show.
Paul’s preferred medium is watercolour and he is a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society. He also runs painting classes in Bridgnorth, four of them in the Gallery, teaching many different mediums and subjects.
This design is inspired by Paul’s love of this area of Bridgnorth – the Severn, Quayside, the bridge and all the buildings that climb from Low Town to High Town.