Historical background to selected sites along the western part of the Stroudwater Canal.
The form of this bridge has been much influenced by the changing needs of the nearby Gloucester & Berkeley Canal.
The lock and the feeder from the River Frome were much influenced by the needs of the nearby Gloucester & Berkeley Canal.
This length of canal and the aqueduct were cleared away in the early 1970s as part of a flood alleviation scheme.
From the track crossing Stonepits Bridge can be seen the complex drainage arrangements in this part of the Frome Valley.
Two very different structures in a delightful setting, with a nearby ancient orchard.
The site of the wharf can still be seen to the west of the A38 Bristol Road although the buildings are much altered,
Both were built in 1777 and were brought into use in the following year when the canal opened through to Eastington.
The northern section of the mile of canal that was infilled during construction of the M5 motorway and its link roads c1970
The southern section of the mile of canal that was infilled during construction of the M5 motorway and its link roads c1970.
The lock has been partially demolished and filled in, but the bridge was saved by the local farmer.
The Oldbury Brook crossed the canal and flowed over a spill weir on its way to join the River Frome.
This lock took its name from the nearby dry dock in the Stroudwater Company's maintenance yard.
As well as the main coal wharf beside Pike Bridge, there was a second coal wharf for a time and later a stone wharf.
The lock is sited just above Pike Bridge, and a Victorian lock-keepers house stands alongside.
This lock acquired its name after the engineer in charge made an error when setting out its level.
Named after the nearby settlement of Newtown, this lock was the first to be fully restored.
This private bridge was built to carry a drive to the big house now known as Eastington Park.
Bonds Mill was a major centre for the production of woollen cloth. The Gate House was originally a Second World War pillbox.
The towpath embankment to the east of Bonds Mill Bridge is on the edge of a very steep slope down to the River Frome.
Built in the 1840s, it was replaced by an embankment after the canal closed, and it is now being rebuilt.
Formed when the canal was constructed, the Ocean was later used by barges and by anglers.