Dudbridge was a centre of industry and a gateway to other businesses in the Nailsworth valley to the south, so Dudbridge Wharf (1) was the busiest wharf along the canal. To the west is Gladfield House (2), built for an early trader at the wharf but now divided into three dwellings. For memories of life around Dudbridge in the 1930s, visit John Stockbridge Remembering Dudbridge.
Immediately east of the bridge are Dudbridge Lower and Upper Locks (3 & 4). The latter was often called Foundry Lock after a foundry beside the nearby house, which later became the Victoria Tap pub (5). For more about the pub and its attractive landlady, read Annie Clark. To the south of Dudbridge Lower Lock were cottages for the lock keeper and another company employee (6). For a heart-warming tale about the widow of a lock keeper, read A Heart-warming Tale. The pub and the cottages have been demolished.