A – Z of Locations: J is for Jackfield

During this year I shall be posting photographs from places around the UK, many of which have not been published before. Where I have previously blogged about a location I will provide a link to the post, though you won’t be able to comment on it as I restrict comments to six months.

J is for Jackfield

Jackfield is a village in Shropshire on the south bank of the River Severn, in the Ironbridge Gorge. There was a pottery here from at least 1634 and corn mills existed along the stream that flowed into the river. Manufacture of pottery continued throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, with specialism moving on to the production of tiles, including high quality encaustic tiles.

The Jackfield Tile Museum is one of ten museums in the Severn Gorge.

The Jackfield Tile Museum with some lengths of the former Severn Valley Railway trackbed today serve as a vehicle-free route for pedestrians and cyclists.

The settlement is mainly linear alongside the steep bank of the river from the Free Bridge to the Memorial Bridge which crosses over to the north bank and onto Coalport.

The Maws Craft Centre, formerly a part of the area’s tile works, is located on Salthouse Road between the Tile Museum and the Memorial Bridge and hosts a number of independent shops.
The eastern part of the settlement consists of the Tuckies and Salthouses.
Flooding badly affects the lower parts of Jackfield from time-to-time, including the Boat House pub which has floods recorded on its front door (the highest recorded at the pub being on 1 November 2000).
The Memorial Bridge is a footbridge spanning the River Severn, linking the Tuckies part of Jackfield with Coalport. It was built with funds raised by public subscription in 1922, and is in memorial to the men of Jackfield and Coalport who were killed in the First World War.


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

32 thoughts on “A – Z of Locations: J is for Jackfield”

    1. We stayed a few days in Ironbridge when we used to visit the M-i-L and really enjoyed exploring the gorge by foot. Lots of interesting museums too.

    1. It’s an interesting historical industrial area Brian, Ironbridge itself is well worth visiting. I have often thought that Shropshire is a very underrated county.

    1. This area is a nice flat walk through to Coalport and the potteries. Of course Ironbridge itself is the star of the gorge, but there is a lot to explore close by and the museums are very good.

  1. I went to Ironbridge once, (a long time ago) but had never heard of Jackfield. Thanks for the tour of that historical village.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. The Severn Gorge is a very interesting area for a few days exploring the different museums. We once looked at a house near this location, but decided it was a bit too close to the river for comfort.

    1. I suspect only Shropshire folk will have heard of it. A nice walk from the iron bridge itself. And close to Tish in her new abode of Broseley.

  2. I like the idea of having more vehicle-free routes for pedestrians and cyclists. It certainly gives visitors more time to absorb what they’ve seen. A kind gesture of remembering war veterans and useful to boot. Northern England is pretty much industrial areas aren’t they? We enjoyed visiting Northern England, well most of it.

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