A solid concrete weir was built at Shrewsbury in 1909 to keep water level at a nominal height for pleasure boating (i.e. punts and skiffs) around the loop of the river enclosing the town, particularly by Shrewsbury School Rowing tradition, and also enjoyed by local people for a stroll, or ‘promenade’.   A lock was promised at that time for the passage of larger boats, but was never carried out, this prevented any further trade on the river in that area, and also of course limited the use of any larger craft to an isolated pound.


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