Snedshill and Mumpton Hill

Research Contributors: Barbara Dempsey, Louise Bremner and Jim Cooper

A map dated 1840 shows that Snedshill was a wood that reached across the Albion Bank and Cannongate, St Georges. It lay in the Parish of Shifnal. Whilst not documented on the map, some of the area around what we now know as Snedshill was once known as Mumpton Hill. There were around 16 cottages opposite the site of Lilleshall Company Brickworks (now a small shopping retail park).

Snedshill Brickworks – Mumpton Hill Cottages believed to be opposite. Image Arthur Dodd

On Saturday 30 July 1910, a gruesome tragedy took place. Armel Turley murdered his wife in a cold-blooded stabbing, and immediately afterwards took his own life. This terrible act left seven children without a father and mother.

This area is steeped in rich heritage with many canal, railway and road links once situated side by side. The Lilleshall Company’s mineral railway line and Thomas Telford’s Hollyhead Road surrounded St Peter’s Church, cottages for workers and a hive of industrial activity. Agricultural land existed amongst this and it remained green land up until recently (2018).

The last pieces of agricultural around the Snedshill area have recently been allocated to housing. Having been tenanted to a local farmer since the second world war the area has now become a residential area for Telford & Wrekin Council Nuplace private rental housing scheme.

Over the coming months, this web site will be developed further to include more Mumpton Hill and Snedshill heritage sites and memories kindly shared by local residents, community groups, Shropshire Archives and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Archives.


  • British Newspapers Archives
  • Evans, M. (1981) Childhood Memories. Printed and published by Telford Development Corporation
  • James, G.M. (1982) Here be Dragons: A brief glimpse into the history of St Georges, Telford.
  • The Miner’s Walk Memory Recording Events supported by Holy Trinity Academy Students (November 2017/ January 2018)

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