News

September 2021: Choosing and Losing the Company Clerks. Diana Crane outlines the controversies associated with the comings and goings of the Stroudwater Company's clerks.

August 2021: Ebley Water Feeder, explaining how the canal obtained water from the River Frome at Ebley, and Bye Laws and Fines, providing details of the rules for boatmen and the fines imposed for their infringement

July 2021: A Short History of the Canal and Sinner or Scapegoat? The rise and fall of the Stroudwater Company's clerk Edward Hains.

June 2021: Who was Who, 1774-1779 listing the directors, subsciibers, promoters, contractors and workers involved in creating the Stroudwater Navigation as recorded in Minute Book 1.

May 2021: Enlargable interactive maps have been added to entries for Heritage Sites.

The search functionality has been considerably enhanced. The new AND-base search allows you to exclude specific words or terms, and to identify a start or end year for a search. Details of the enhanced functionality are given in Searching the Archive.

April 2021: Images of Tonnage books for  1776-1798 and 1798-1813 illustrate how trade from the Severn to Stroud inceased as the canal was being built, and also the effect of the opening of the Thames & Severn Canal as far as Brimscombe. The effect of tides, floods and droughts can be seen from the list of arrivals and departures of cagoes during these formative years.

A study of the role played by Withies by the Canal has been added to the Stories section of the webite.

The Commissioner's order book that report  meetings held by Commissioners appointed by Act of Parliament to adjudicate on disputes.

March 2021: Summaries of Purchase Ledgers for 1775-1802 and 1814-1823 that detail the costs of building and maintaining the canal.

January 2021: Vessels movements through Framilode Lock, January - September 1890

December 2020: Estimates and tenders for building and repairing the canal between 1775 and 1785 found in Letter Book 9/20 are now available online.

November 2020: A set of Maps and Plans of the Stroudwater Canal covering the period from 1776 to the Second World War is accessible through the Other Documents section of the Archives.

October 2020: Some samples of School Resources are now available through the Get Involved section.

September 2020: Thank you to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their decision to grant £8.9 million to the Cotswold Canals Connected project in which we are a partner.