On trail of town's heritage after four-year wait


Sarah Staples

STATUES highlighting the history of Ellesmere have been put in place after four years’ work.
Six metal structures and two toposcopes pointing out nearby landmarks have been placed around the town as part of the heritage trail and feature different aspects of Ellesmere’s past.
The statues are of a pig in Cross Street to resemble the historic markets of the town, an anvil with steel rings opposite the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) site on the canal side, a horse on the canal junction at Tunnel Bank, a butterfly in Sandy Lane, a Motte and Bailey castle on Castlefields and a dragonfly near the town’s cricket club.
Two toposcopes showing a map centred on the location have been placed at The Wharf and The Mere
Plans for the heritage trail were commissioned by Shropshire Council and the statues were created by Stokes of England blacksmiths in Oswestry.
Chris Stokes, from Stokes of England, created the sculptures. He said: “The heritage trail work has been going on for four years and I’m pleased I could be a part of it.”
Lincoln McMullan, chairman of Ellesmere Chamber of Commerce, added: “It’s great for tourists and local people. It tells you where you are and some have sounds to tell you all about it.
“It’s fantastic, it gets people into the town and they can learn a bit about where they are as well,” he added.

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