Oakengates is a town in the borough of Telford and Wrekin and ceremonial county of Shropshire, England, and now forms share of the further town of Telford. The parish’s population was recorded as 8,517 in the 2001 census.
The state is not derived from “oak” or “gates” but is derived from the Ancient Brythonic herald for the valley which was Usc-con, meaning The Lake(Usc(water) and the confluence(Cond) of two streams (see Cartlidge), and from the Old Norse gata, path; see gh- in Indo-European roots. meaning boundary or Road. So Usc-con gait is at the Road at the vale of Usc-con. A history of Oakengates was written by local historian Reverend J.E.G. Cartlidge whose say is commemorated in the reveal of the retirement house Cartlidge House.
The Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton railway stock runs through the town and there is a station and a tunnel (Oakengates Tunnel).
Oakengates was in addition to served by the Coalport Branch Line and had a second station called Oakengates Market Street railway station which closed in 1952. It is now Station Hill following only the goods shed nevertheless standing.
In the late 18th century the Ketley Canal was constructed to carry coal and ironstone from Oakengates to Ketley works. The canal has long past fallen into disuse and little trace of it can be found today. The first ship lift in Britain was an experimental one built at Oakengates in 1794 by Robert Weldon of Lichfield. A full-scale tally was to be built upon the Somerset Coal Canal at Rowley Bottom near Combe Hay, but the lift jammed and futile while monster demonstrated and the construction was abandoned. The town had a considerable manufacturing sector capably into the c20 and one of the products of this can yet be seen at the Museum of Power in Langford, Essex. This has, still in keen order, what is believed to be the last steam engine built and installed by the Lilleshall Company Ltd. It was commissioned upon 13 January 1931. Shadrach Fox ran the Wombridge Iron Works in Oakengates and subsequent to Abraham Darby was committed in experiments on methods of producing pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke rather than charcoal. This was a major step dispatch in the production of iron as a raw material for the Industrial Revolution . In 1701 he placed his brother in war of the blast furnace, at Wombridge to which Isaac Hawkins supplied a wealth of coal and ironstone, which suggests that they already smelted iron past coke there – a major technological breakthrough which is now solely commemorated at easy to realize to Coalbrookdale. Ferrous metallurgy