Donkey Gallops

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The Donkey Gallop in 2015

The ‘Donkey Gallop(s)’ is the nickname of the irregular flight of steps leading from the Bridgnorth Station car park near 'The Railwayman’s Arms' down to the Engine Shed Underpass.

The “Civil Engineering and Building Department” was formed in 1985 and managed by John Garrad. At the first meeting on 13 July, seven members of the team travelled to Bridgnorth and decided that the Donkey Gallop would be a suitable small first project for the new Department.[1] The Gallop was designed by Cedric Jameson and built by Neil Butler, Stephen Baker and Paul Wakelam, with £750 being spent on the materials. The completed Gallop was pictured in SVRSevern Valley Railway News in Autumn 1987.[2]

The Gallop was closed between November 2016 and December 2018 while work took place on the first phase of the Bridgnorth Development Project. During that time enquiries from the public showed that the steps and footbridge outside Bridgnorth Station are used as a route by local residents from Oldbury Road to High Town. During the closure volunteers prepared the former disabled toilet/ shower room at the north end of the original station building to accept electric/gas/telecoms services that were bought up the Donkey Gallop.[3]

Original features shown on a GWRGreat Western Railway plan of the site included lighting columns along the path to illuminate the steps along with spear top gates at the top and bottom. When the originals were removed is unknown.[4] Lighting was reinstated in 2019 as installed elsewhere on the site, using period new GWRGreat Western Railway no 2 lampposts with associated luminaires to match the original gas fittings, all undertaken by suitably qualified volunteers with funds raised locally[5][6].

See also

Bridgnorth Station


  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 76, 79, 80
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 85
  3. Bond C., 8 September 2017, SVRLive
  4. Bond C., 9 October 2017, SVRLive
  5. Bridgnorth SVRSevern Valley Railway Facebook post 11 September 2019
  6. Branch Lines March 2021


Transport Statement Ref 5517/001/R01 Rev A, January 2016, Robert West Consulting Engineers(Retrieved 2 January 2018)</ref>