Photo Gallery - The
Photos of Jackfield -
Jackfield stretches along the river Severn from the Ironbridge to the Coalport
Bridge a distance of four or so miles. It was from the wharfs at Jackfield
that coal and iron were loaded and shipped down the Severn. Later it
became the centre for Brick and Tile making in Broseley. Until the 1960's
Jackfield was an integral part of Broseley. All
these pictures show Jackfield before it was absorbed into Telford.
This was the centre of village of Jackfield being situated by the
river just to the south of the Calcutt Ironworks and Jackfield Wharf.
Most of the houses were destroyed in the landslip in the 1950's
The 1952 Landslip
The following photographs and captions are from the
Newspapers published at the time of the landslip in 1952. By the late 1950's
most of the centre of the village, an area called Salthouses, had been
demolished. A further landslip occurred in this area in the 1980's destroying
the road which had been built to replace that lost in the 1950's. The area
is still unstable and the ground is continually moving.
The Seven Valley Railway was affected with
a 5mph speed restriction being introduced.
Here gangers are re-aligning the track at the old
Jackfield Halt on 8th April 1952. the halt was later moved approximately 1/2 mile to
8th April 1952
Article: 10th April 1952
is one of the houses- now unoccupied-which is leaning at a crazy angle.
Just near the right-hand window a long crack in the front wall can
shows Pear Tree cottage which was demolished in August
Photo: 8th April 1952 -
Article 10th April 1952
The enormous crack in the wall of the house shown in
this picture illustrates the extent of the damage being caused to houses
at Jackfield. This house is
being literally torn apart by the subsidence.
Photo 13th August 1952
(also 12 July 1968 ?)
Jackfield, the tiny Shropshire village almost cut off
from the world since its main road began to slide into the River Severn is
doomed. The inhabitants have
started to evacuate their homes before the danger of subsidence becomes
worse. The post office (left)
is to be evacuated before winter comes.
This shows the Jackfield Post office at
The occupant of this now derelict house (sic)
shows Pear Tree cottage being demolished.
two boys in the above picture of the Post Office now appear to be helping to demolish the
house ! This appears to be
the same house as shown in the 8th April 1952 shot.
29th December 1952
the slide of top-soil into the River Severn, taking the village of Jackfield
with it, life still follows a normal course, and washday is still washday
even if your garden is in the river.
Dated 10th July 1954
This is the lower road at Jackfield
that Broseley district committee of Wenlock Borough Council has
decided to abandon. Due to
continual slipping towards the River Severn, the road cannot be improved.
Caption: Mr. Sam Bradley, 76 and his wife Edith, in the
garden of their home in Jackfield.
The steady-but-sure death and disintegration of a Shropshire
village has angered its dwindling residents.
Furious at having been
led up the garden path, one woman villager at Jackfield, near
Ironbridge, declared: Im thinking of writing to the. Prime Minister
And another, a publicans wife, said bluntly: Instead of a dozen or
perhaps two dozen customers in the evening, I get about six. Its not
worth the fighting.
Mrs. Ivy Downing, who with her husband, Ellis, keeps a general store in
Ferry-road, sat in the lounge of their home behind their shop,
The couple sank their savings into the business when they opened up in
Lower Jackfield nearly six years ago.
"We settled on Jackfield because we thought it was quite a decent
proposition; which, of course, it was.
We didnt know anything about he village, so we had a solicitor make
Article by Keith Parker.
8th February 1965 Article 9th February
A relic of the Industrial Revolution- thats
Jackfield. Deserted ,
crumbling cottages are nearly all that remains of a once proud village.
Subsidence has formed the buildings into crazy shapes.
This has been caused by the
River Severn which flows cheek by jowl
with the village.
The Severn Gorge has been designated a special amenity area by the Dawley
Development Corporation and the whole valley is to be given a face lift.