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Eardington, Shropshire

Several generations of Burgums of the "JJ" family tree, lived in or near Eardington, Shropshire.

EARDINGTON in the county of Shropshire, is the site of the half-mile long Eardington Forge Canal, which connected the forges to the River Severn. It was opened in 1782 and closed in 1889. Below is a picture of the Upper Forge waterfall or weir. The two Upper Forge and the Lower Forge were connected by the underground canal. Little remains of the industrial buildings - the iron works, the two forges or the canel system itself. Daniels Mill grinded flour at Eardington.

A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, (7th edition), published in 1848 stated that -
EARDINGTON, a township, in the parish of Quatford, union of Bridgnorth, hundred of Stottesden, S. division of Salop, 2 miles (S. by E.) from Bridgnorth; containing 349 inhabitants. Iron-works have been established. The impropriate tithes of the township have been commuted for a yearly rent-charge of £224. 10., with a glebe of 7 acres.

John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, published in 1870-72, stated that -
EARDINGTON, a township, with a railway station, in Quatford parish, Salop; on the Severn river and the Severn Valley railway, 1-½ mile S of Bridgnorth. Acres, 1, 301. Real property, £5, 876; of which £100 are in quarries, £100 in mines, and £120 in iron-works. Population - 370. Houses - 76. A stoppage of coal and brickworks here occasioned a decrease of about one-fourth of the population between 1851 and 1861.

Upper Forge waterfall - geograph.org.uk - 1038604

John Burgum, son of Henry Burgum, was born in Eardington in about 1796. He became an engineer and millwright. His son, also called John Burgum, was an apprentice clock-face artist and emigrated to New England, in the USA, where he famously decorated the world-renowned Concord Stagecoaches. They were all part of the "JJ" family tree.