Two sections of this website feature historical information about Places along the Stroudwater Canal and aspects of Canal Life during the period of commercial operation. A third section presents interesting Stories about people and events associated with the canal and some in-depth Studies already carried out. For those wanting to do their own research, the website includes Archive material in the form of extracts, summaries and images of important documents. There are also pages suggesting how users can Get Involved in personal, educational and community projects. Whilst much care has been taken in preparing the material, the work has not been double checked, and if any errors are identified, please notify the Website Team so they can be corrected.
The information presented in the website is largely derived from the remarkably comprehensive archive of the Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation now held at Gloucestershire Archives under the Finding Reference D1180. The Company was set up in 1774 to build a canal linking Stroud to the River Severn, and the Company is still in existence - although the canal itself has been leased to an operating company.
To promote interest in the lives of people connected with the canal in the past, the Company of Proprietors set up the Stroudwater Navigation Archive Charity, known as SNAC, and volunteer members of the group have prepared summaries, made extracts and photographed documents for presentation on this website.
The development of the website has become part of a much larger project to reconnect the first restored section of the Stroudwater Canal to the national network at Saul Junction, and this has received help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other sponsors.
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