It then flows westwards through Cradley Heath and Stourbridge where it leaves the Black Country. The river's course within Wales lies wholly within the county of Powys. Sharpness Shipping . Corrections? 6 men killed, 1940   Gloucester               Construction began of the new Castle Meads Power Station, 1941   Naval                      HMS GLOUCESTER lost in action off Crete, 1946   Severn Estuary         Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust started with Sir Peter Scott, 1946   Sharpness               Sharpness Shipyard started by John Harker Limited, 1947   Ironbridge                Worst floods recorded at the Ironbridge Gorge, 1947   Severn                    3 months of snow and freezing conditions. Construction began of new one, 1810   Bullo Pill                   Bullo Pill Dock opened for the export of Forest of Dean coal, 1810   Lydney                    Lydney Docks developed as a port, 1810   Newnham on Severn  A scheme was proposed for the construction of a tunnel under the Severn                                        at Newnham, 1810   Bridgnorth                Bridgnorth Bridge rebuilt to a design by Thomas Telford. Since 1986 Waverley Excursions has operated occasional sailings to Sharpness and Lydney by the MV Balmoral.[14]. The effect of tides flowing into this estuary and up the river gives rise to the famous Severn Bore. Glad you liked Primary Facts. Brush up on your history while also enjoying the sights on a river cruise. Your email address will not be published. The Wye, the Bristol Avon and the Usk all flow into the estuarine section of the Severn. The construction in 1779 of the world’s first iron bridge,…. In the tidal section of the river below Gloucester, the Gloucester Harbour Trustees are the competent harbour authority. The tidal river downstream from Gloucester is sometimes referred to as the Severn Estuary, but the river is usually considered to become the Severn Estuary after the Second Severn Crossing near Severn Beach, South Gloucestershire (the point to which the jurisdiction of the Gloucester Harbour Trustees extends), or at Aust, the site of the Severn Bridge. Five crew members of both the Arkendale H and Wastdale H died in the accident. The Estuary discharges into the Bristol Channel, which opens into the Celtic Sea and from there into the Atlantic Ocean. Herbert Howells (1892-1983), born close to the Severn in Lydney, wrote the complex Missa Sabrinensis (Mass of the Severn) in 1954, and an earlier hymn tune simply entitled Severn. The Severn is often mentioned in Ellis Peters' The Cadfael Chronicles, set in or around Shrewsbury Abbey, beside the river. Designed by Thomas Penson, 1844   Bevere                    Bevere Island Bridge built in Worcestershire, 1845   Gloucester               Customs House built in Commercial Road, 1846   Gloucester               Phillpotts Warehouse built, 1846   Gloucester               Kimberley Warehouse built, 1846   Gloucester               Herbert Warehouse built, 1848   Gloucester               Offices located at top of Commercial Road built, 1848   Arlingham                On the 29th August the vicar of Arlingham drowned at the age of 40 years                                        old, 1848   Shrewsbury              Railway Station built on top of Bridge over Severn, 1849   Gloucester               Victoria Basin opened in Gloucester Docks, 1849   Gloucester               Weighbridge house in Southgate Street built, 1849   Gloucester               Mariners Church in the docks built, 1849   Gloucester               Victoria Warehouse built, 1851   Gloucester               Albert Warehouse built, 1852   Severn                    Serious widespread flood recorded, 1852   Gloucester               Llanthony Quay built for the Gloucester & Dean Forest Railway, 1852   Abermule                 The Brynderwen Bridge, designed by Thomas Penson, opened, 1853   Gloucester               The large drydock built in Gloucester Docks, 1855   Newnham on Severn  Elijah Rowles Phillips drowned in the Severn [see also 1875], 1858   Tewkesbury             Upper Lode Lock built, 1859   Powys                     Thomas Penson died, 1859   Newtown                 Newtown to Llanidloes Railway completed, 1861   Gloucester               Britannia Warehouse built, 1861   Upper Arley              Victoria Railway Bridge now used by the Severn Valley Steam Railway, 1861   Coalport                  L&NWR Railway opened at Coalport, 1862   Gloucester               Foster Oil & Cake Mill built, 1862   Gloucester               The original Llanthony Bridge built, 1863   Gloucester               Great Western Warehouse built, 1864   Bewdley                  First train passed over Dowles Bridge on the 5th August, 1864   Saxons Lode            Railway line opened on the 16th May, 1866   Newnham on Severn  Henry Brace aged 18yrs drowned in the Severn on the 28th June, 1868   Caersws                  Train derailed at Caersws falling into Severn killing driver and fireman, 1869   Gloucester               Albert Warehouse converted to a flour mill, 1870   Gloucester               Alexandra Warehouse built, 1870   Gloucester               Llanthony Lock Keepers house built, 1871   Gloucester               Maisemore Weir built, 1871   Gloucester               Llanthony Weir built, 1872   Severn                    Constant rain produced serious flooding, 1873   Gloucester               Llanthony Warehouse built, 1873   Severn Estuary         Construction began of the Severn Railway Tunnel, 1873   Severn                    Elver fishing banned causing a public outcry, 1874   Sharpness               Sharpness [New] Docks opened, 1875   Newnham on Severn  2 brothers drowned in Severn, [brothers of Elijah Rowles Phillips, see 1855], 1875   Sharpness                Foundation stone of new Railway Bridge laid on the 3rd July, 1876   Severn                    Act of Parliament passed to allow elver fishing in the Severn, 1878   Sharpness                First fatality on the Severn Railway Bridge. The largest bores occur in spring, but smaller ones can be seen throughout the year. Certain stretches also run across Carboniferous strata as at Shrewsbury and for much of the distance between Ironbridge and Bewdley. The Severn Bridge, an impressive suspension bridge with a 3,240-foot (990-metre) main span, was built in the 1960s and forms part of a motorway link (M48) from London to South Wales.An increase in automobile traffic led to construction of the 1,500-foot (456-metre) Second Severn … West of England | The River Severn This mighty river, famous for its tidal bore, is Britain's longest river. [Also rebuilt in                                        1960], 1810   Coalport                  Chain making began at Coalport, 1812   Gloucester               Gloucester Lock opened from dock basin into the River Severn, 1812   Newnham on Severn  On Friday 13th November water broke into the tunnel workings, 1813   Lydney                    Lydney canal built, 1817   Gloucester               Work began again on building the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal with Telford                                         as consultant, 1817   Severn                    Sir John Fowler born, 1818   Severn                    Severn flooded 5 times and longest drought on record in the UK, 1818   Tewkesbury             In separate accidents 2 Naval Officers and a small boy drowned in the                                        Severn at Tewkesbury, 1818   Gloucester               Small drydock constructed in Gloucester Docks, 1818   Coalport                  Coalport Bridge built on the original wooden structure of 1777, 1818   Coalport                  Coalport Bridge now constructed of iron, 1821   Lydney                    Tidal Basin built at Lydney Docks, 1821   Newtown                 Montgomeryshire Canal reached Newtown, where it terminated, 1821   Caersws                  Stone bridge built at Caersws, Powys, 1824   Gloucester               Barge Arm opened in Gloucester Docks, 1826   Gloucester               North Warehouse built.