Plaques made to mark old Market House position

Iron plaques that will be incorporated into a paving scheme as part of the regeneration of Wellington town centre have been cast at the foundry at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge.

Plaques made to mark old Market House position

The small plaques showing the shape of the building will be laid in position to mark the four corners of the old Market House in Wellington, which used to stand in Market Square.

The old Market House was demolished in 1805 because, with the rise in horse drawn traffic, its position was causing congestion and inconvenience. The largest plaque has an inscription giving the date of demolition.

Telford & Wrekin Council's £8.5m regeneration scheme includes approximately £1m spent on repaving streets in the town centre.

Work started last summer and New Street, Bell Street, Crown Street, Duke Street have all been completed with work on Market Square due to be completed in mid April. The scheme has also included new bins, street lighting and closed circuit television cameras.

Telford & Wrekin Council leader Andrew Eade said: "I think the plaques look great and they will be an excellent addition to our repaving scheme in the centre of Wellington.

"I like the fact that the scheme will mark the position of the old Market House in this way and I look forward to the repaving scheme being finished next month.

"The wider regeneration scheme in Wellington is a clear illustration of the council’s commitment to improving our Borough Towns and New Town Estates."

The plaques were made by a pattern maker, moulded in sand and then cast in iron at temperatures of 1500 centigrade.

Blists Hill foundry manager Roger Fewtrell said: "Making the plaques in this traditional fashion is actually quite a skilled job and we were delighted to be asked to contribute to the Wellington regeneration scheme in this way.

"The knowledge that our work will be seen by shoppers for generations to come is something that we are all very proud of at Blists Hill."