Thursday’s Special

signal box

The Severn Bridge Signal Box is often described as “a cathedral among signal boxes” by enthusiasts. Found just beyond Shrewsbury Station it was built in 1910 and one of the largest in Europe.

The massive Greek Doric column in the background is 133 feet 6 inches tall and towers over Abbey Foregate with a statue of Lord Hill (1772-1842) on top. Lord Hill was the Duke of Wellington’s right-hand man in the Peninsula Wars and at the Battle of Waterloo when his horse was shot from under him. He succeeded Wellington as Commander-in-chief of the army in 1828.

Paula’s (Lost in Translation) challenge this week is Traces of the Past