Minutes from 16 February 1831 to 23 October 1846
of the Committee of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £3581 11s 9d. Balance after wages, etc, £2844 15s 11d. Dividend of £14 declared.
Committee for next year: Dr Darke, Mr Grazebrook, Mr William Stanton, MrSnowden, Mr Wyatt, Mr Samuel Fisher, Mr Cosham, Mr Holbrow, Mr Wathen, Mr P H Fisher, Mr R Hawker, Mr J Fisher, Mr T C Croome.
Drawback allowed of one half of the present tonnage on all flour made from corn imported and paying the full toll.
Tonnage on Fullers Earth to be reduced to 2s 6d per ton.
Special Meeting. Insolvency of Thomas Harper, agent for sale of coals at Dudbridge Wharf announced by Mr Edwards, his attorney. Dismissed from his post. Debts to be paid to clerk not Thomas Harper.
Messrs Fisher, Company solicitors, to make application for payment of bond and take Counsel’s opinion on the sureties’ liability.
Clerk to send someone to wharf to prevent further sales of coal.
Special Meeting. Messrs Fisher to take Counsel’s opinion on case of Thomas Harper and Sarah Harper, sureties and debts.
Lock at Whitminster Mills to be used for passing of vessels, as before junction of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal. Not kept open but used to keep up water in Bristol Road pound to its usual height.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £2844 4s 7d. Balance after wages, etc, £2202 3s 9d. Dividend of £10 declared.
Trade in coals at all wharfs on Navigation except at Wallbridge Wharf to be discontinued.
Sum not exceeding £200 to be added to coal account.
No clerk, agent or servant of Company to receive any gift, gratuity or present from any barge owners or persons navigating or managing vessels on canal or any account or under any pretense on pain of dismissal.
Committee to collect information on appointing clerk to be stationed at the Junction of the G&B Canal, erecting dock for weighing vessels, ascertaining weight of coals and goods carried and suggesting proper plan for erecting same.
Printed tickets or certificates to be issued with weight and place of delivery of all coals and goods, signed by person receiving them. Penalty for neglect or refusal strictly enforced.
New bonds for performance of duty by servants of Company required.
Frances Lockey and Charles Beard claimed shares nos.111,65,66, will of George Lockey.
Letter from W B Clegram, clerk to Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company. No plan for carrying permission to take water from Whitminster Mill pond into effect laid before or approved by Committee. Water should be taken by a weir until permanent plan decided on.
Four underground aqueducts within 8 inches of bottom of the brook put by Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company into this Navigation, in September last, as ordinary mode of taking water, 2 feet 8½ inches wide, 1 foot 7 inches high, without consent or knowledge of Committee, whereby large quantities of mud, soil and silt have been brought in to great injury of Navigation. Mode of taking water highly objectionable, not to be continued. Letter to Clerk of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company stating that the order for shutting lock gate near Whitminster was solely because it appeared necessary to keep up their level, called the Bristol Road level, uniformly to its proper height. Committee desire lock gates to be kept open present, to afford Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company time to devise plan for feeding canal without requiring lock to be kept open in future. Any plan for this and for some less objectionable mode of taking water will be considered.
William Hains to succeed late father, as weekly servant, to look after Double Locks and Canal. 17 shillings per week with use of house at Double Locks.
Special Meeting. Letter of 19 November from Mr Holden of Exchequer Loan Office. By shutting gates of Whitminster Lock Stroud Canal Company intercepted the supply of water to the G&B Canal agreed by mill owners, not interrupted since 1829. Guidance needed on cause of this proceeding.
Committee not competent to give satisfactory reply without opinion of General Meeting of Proprietors. Should a supply of water be granted, mill owners interested in furnishing supply should remunerate Proprietors of canal for such permission. Any future proposition for allowing supply to proceed from mill owners, either alone or in conjunction with Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Committee.
Letter from Clerk, Mr Hawker, to Mr Holden. Closing lock gates solely for keeping up level of Bristol Road pound to proper height to prevent its fluctuating. Committee not aware that keeping lock gates open any necessary connection with supply of water. Mr Purnell has given written notice to Committee not to take water from brook but for own supply. Committee not competent to give answer without submitting same to General Meeting of Proprietors. Taking of water point of highest consideration. Some specific proposition should be made with a plan of the works, as a preliminary, should come from the mill owners as well as from the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company.
Committee of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company submitted a plan for taking water from the brook through our canal to feed G&B Canal. To be put to General Meeting.
Mr James Walker or some other competent engineer to consider plan.
Letter from solicitor of bankrupt Harper claiming all debts and stock left on Dudbridge Wharf. Counsels opinion to be taken.
Special General Meeting. Bye law to be enacted that master or owner of every boat, barge or other vessel coming into Navigation to allow nearest clerk to copy ticket containing account of cargo. Penalty for neglect or refusal or producing a false ticket to be 40 shillings for every ton of goods.
Agreement with assignees of Thomas Harper, bankrupt.
Considered intended application of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company to Parliament to take water from River Froome through Stroudwater Navigation below Whitminster Lock. Agreed provided rights and interests of Proprietors protected. Proper water feeding and supplying with water of Bristol Road level, removal of mud, soil and silt. Works to be constructed to satisfaction of Committee. Clauses in Act to protect rights and interests of Proprietors.
Drawback of 6d on bar iron, boiler plate, gross iron castings and nails conveyed from Gloucester to London.
Much of loss sustained by insolvency of Thomas Harper, agent for coals at Dudbridge Wharf, attributed to George Hawker. Company’s Clerk. No intent to defraud. Deep regret at failure in duty.
Special Meeting of Committee. Thomas Harper’s debts settled.
William Halliday and wife Susannah accepted as sureties for bond taken from Mr George Hawker.
Additional clauses to be added to bill being submitted by the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company prepared by Messrs. Fisher approved.
Messrs. Fisher to watch progress of Bill.
Special Meeting. New clause to enable erection of pair of stop gates in canal below Whitminster Lock but above where water intended to be taken into Navigation. A clause to ensure preservation of the weir at Whitminster to be added.
Special meeting. Mr Wilton, solicitor to Bill, informed Messrs. Fisher that Lord Shaftesbury objected to arrangements with mill owners for use of water. Now mere agreement between Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company and other parties. It is undesirable that the taking of water through the Navigation be made obligatory by Act of Parliament as it would be difficult to provide adequate security against it. Desirable to grant right to take water through under an Agreement with adequate protection and security.
Richard Hawker claimed shares nos.31,32,33,34, 35,67,74,9,148,196,94,3 will of Francis Knight.
Special General Meeting. No consent to any legislative enactment for passing of water through Navigation unless also for taking and renting of water. Consent to Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company to continues to take water as permitted at General Meeting 28 October 1829.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £3676 1s 5d. Balance after wages, etc, £3327 19s 1d. Dividend of £16 10s declared.
Committee for next year: Mr Cosham, Mr Croome, Dr Darke, Mr Jas Fisher, Mr Richard Hawker, Mr Snowden, Mr William Stanton, Mr Geo Mather, Mr Henry Wyatt, Mr Holbrow, Mr Grazebrook.
Drawback on all flour and produce of corn carried down and exported made from corn imported and landed of one of wharfs of Navigation and paid tonnage.
Half fine of £6 on Job Blick imposed by Clerk for false account of cargo of coals to be returned.
Discontinuation of coal trade at Wallbridge Wharf approved.
John George, tenant of Dudbridge Wharf permitted to remove weighing machine and mound round it on giving up tenancy.
William John Wood and Richard Martin claimed share no.187, will of Mary Ann Eycott.
Adjourned to 30 August.
Adjourned to 6 September.
Special Meeting. Letter from Messrs Maclean, Stephens and Co on state of Ryeford Bridge and road over it. Accident to a loaded wagon of Messrs Tanner and Baylis. Deputation to be sent.
Special Meeting. Anne James claimed shares nos.86,76,56, 48,49, will of Nathaniel Jones.
Duties of wharfingers at Stonehouse Cross Wharf, Dudbridge and Wallbridge Wharfs, to cease.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £2794 13s 6d. Balance after wages, etc, £2074 3s 1d. Dividend of £10 declared.
Application to be made Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company to comply with conditions annexed to permission for taking water through and that in default of their compliance the Committee do suspend the supply of water.
Application to be made Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company to propose some plan for taking supply to avoid necessity for keeping open Whitminster Lock gates and for preventing inflow of mud, soil and silt.
Tonnage on rock salt reduced to 2s per ton for whole of canal and proportionately for less distance.
Messrs Fisher to take Counsels opinion on the Ryeford Bridge.
Mr Charles Baker, surveyor, to take view of road over canal bridge at the Ryeford.
Clerk to purchase oak planking for piling.
Caroline Mary Veel, Rev David Jones and Robert Cooper claimed shares nos.128,130 will of Anna Veel.
Delegation to discuss alterations needed to Ryeford Bridge Road.
Unsatisfactory reply from clerk of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company.
Mr William Morley Stears proposed to take long lease of land near the Anchor Inn between the brook and the Bath Road to build gas works, to cover over brook and build on it. Recommendation to grant Mr Stears lease for 99 years at £5 per annum, for gas works only.
James Duberly, Charles Barber and David Rowley claimed shares nos.51,82,83,16,17, will of Sir James Duberly.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £3565 8s 6d. Balance after wages, etc, £3029 19s 2d. Sum of £622 3s 1d in the coal account to be transferred to the Treasurer. Dividend of £17 declared.
Letter from Mr Purnell read: as a result the supply of water from Whitminster Mills to G&B Canal through Stroudwater Navigation is to be suspended.
Future negotiations for the restoration of supply of water must be made with person(s) supplying water and the Committee will require compensation for supply.
New bridge to be built over the River Frome near the Ryeford, which will require the widening of the present bridge over canal.
Special Meeting. Mr Richard Wyatt, on behalf of Company for erecting Gas Works for supply of Stroud, requested sale of small piece of land near canal bridge on road leading to Fromehall Mill, 44 yards long, 6 yards wide. Also to lay down pipes for gas along line of towing path from gas works to turnpike road at Wallbridge east, down to Ebley Road west, and to inspect, take up, repair or restore same. Special General Meeting to consider proposal.
Samuel Smith to erect and alter the brook and canal bridges near Ryeford. Company to pay half expense.
Special General Meeting re ground for sale for site of Gas Works. Mr Richard Wyatt, on behalf of Mr William Morley Stern and intended Gas Company, requested to buy land on south side of canal adjacent to land bought from Mr Holliday, land occupied by Mr Grazebrook on west, land of Mr Snowden on east, towing path and wagon road on north. To lay down pipes through Wallbridge Wharf to turnpike road on east and to bridge at Chippenham Platt. £5 for said land. £1 per mile per annum and proportion. Tonnage on coals for Gas Works £5 per mile per annum until such time as the tonnage for 700 tons of coal has been paid. Ground to be sold subject to regulations for security of the puddle banks, bridges and other works. Gas Company to pay half expense of erecting or repairing future bridges.
Mr Winter, solicitor, and Mr Brickwood, secretary, to Exchequer Loan Board request Company to allow Whitminster Lock gates to remain open for passing into G&B Canal of water from Whitminster Mill pond (not to be derived through feeder of Stroudwater Navigation in the pond). Lock gates to remain open for present.
Special Meeting. Letter from Mr John Higgins Marling of Ebley Mills. Since stopping of course of brook under the canal towards Old Mills, water required for scouring wool supplied by top water of canal flowing into old water course. Water too warm after early morning. Would like a trunk or aqueduct for cool water of brook from reservoir near Ebley Mills to go under canal to the pond of scouring house. A brick aqueduct approved.
Four labourers on canal dispensed with. Work done by contract cheaper. Advertisement to be placed in Gloucester Journal for tender for keeping in repair towing path, banks of canal, removing mud from locks, weeds from canal, for three years.
George Barham’s tender of £110 for maintaining the canal for 3 years accepted. It includes labour of piling when necessary with the Beetle with two labourers to assist in piling with pile driver not more than one week continuously, to superintend piling himself, supply labourers required by clerk at 2s 6d per day per man.
Notice given to Soloman Cook, Job Guy, William Welsh, Thomas Clarke.
Samuel Smith to be paid for erecting wing wall to new part of canal bridge at Ryeford on north side. Sum not exceeding £8.
Samuel Smith to continue the wall on west side of brook bridge for 40 feet in length, 3 feet high, topped with post and rails at a cost £7 10s.
Samuel Smith to build wall continuing that on north side of canal, 50 feet long, average height 11 feet for £23 10s, with brick parapet and coping.
Mr Martin to supply to Company 8 dozen port wine and 6 dozen sherry.
Mr Samuel Withey applied for compensation for damages to his land in passing to feeder at Lodgemoor. Offer to continue at rent of 1s per annum. 8s paid to him and in future 1s per annum. Company to make use of road over his land at Gannicox to feeder.
Dock at Chippenham Platt let to Philip Woore for £30 per annum. Company reserve right to put boats in dock at any time for repairs and planks in shed, without paying for use. Tenancy subject to 3 calendar months.
Clerk to write to Messrs Maclean Stephens and Co. for payment of repairs to bridges at Ryeford.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £3646 0s 6d. Balance after wages, etc, £2419 17s 4d. Dividend of £12 declated.
Mr Richard Martin applied to remove brick bridge at Whitminster, Martin’s Bridge, and erect swivel bridge in lieu. Committee to pay £20 provided he and owners of lands will take on repairs of bridge.
Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company allowed to take water through Whitminster lock gates. Supply to be discontinued after 1 January unless compensation made.
Securities given by clerks to Company to be examined at next meeting.
Salary of William Purcell to be reduced to £60.
No barge, vessel or boat called a Worcester shall pass through any lock on Navigation without a guard or fender attached to stern to prevent injury to locks. Master or owner to pay 20s for every offence.
Committee to insure buildings thought necessary against fire.
Special Meeting. Letter from Mr Wilton, solicitor of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company. Application to be made in next session for leave to bring in Bill for taking water from River Frome, otherwise called Stroudwater River, through Navigation, and to purchase land and construct such channels, cuts, tunnels, culverts, pipes, trunks, valves, gates, feeders, reservoir, weirs, aqueducts, engines and works as requisite, and to take water from River Frome, above mill called Whitminster Mills into Stroudwater canal.
Also to increase or alter existing tolls, rates and duties and to raise a further sum of money to enlarge powers and provisions for making and maintaining a navigable canal. Not advisable to oppose Bill, but to take care that the interests of the Company be taken into account as directed by the Special Meeting of 15 December 1831. Messrs. Fisher to communicate with solicitor of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company. Supply continues for present. Request for objects and plans, and a copy of clauses of intended Bill.
Lease produced by Mr Wyatt, solicitor to Trustees of Stroud Gaslight and Coke Company of small piece of land near Fromehall Bridge. Grant from Company of Proprietors to said trustees to lay down pipes along and under surface of parts of towing path and banks of Navigation for conveying gas from gasometer near Fromehall Bridge to town of Stroud and other places.
Thomas Hanman, Company’s carpenter, grossly misconducted himself. Dismissed from Company’s service.
Special Meeting. Mr Clegram, engineer of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co, explained his plan to take water from River Froome through Navigation, in case Company should consent. Meeting called for 15 January to consider consent to Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co obtaining Act of Parliament for feeding their canal through Navigation.
Special Meeting. George Wathen claimed share no.156, will of John Hayward Wathen.
John Holbrow claimed shares nos.73,53,8,15,96,2, will of Thomas Holbrow.
Mr Wilton, solicitor of Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co, stated that in bill proposed for taking water for supply they are willing to introduce clauses for securing interest of Company of Proprietors of Stroudwater Navigation. Permission to take supply of water should be given subject to proper regulations.
Special General Meeting. Consideration of notice of application by Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co. to bring in Bill in next session of Parliament to take water from River Froome, among other ways through Stroudwater Navigation below Whitminster Lock for supplying their canal, place of intended works and various letters from Proprietors of Navigation. Order made at last Half Yearly General Meeting. to be revoked and annulled.
Company to permit soliciting of intended Bill provided Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co introduce to Bill clauses and regulations approved by Committee so that their rights and interests be secured and loss, damage and inconvenience to be provided against. Resolutions 15 December 1831 to be confirmed and revived.
Mr William Hambidge of Stroud accepted as surety instead of late Mr Thomas Holbrow for Mr William Purcell for performance of his duty as a servant of the Company jointly with Mr John Holbrow the present surety. New bond jointly and severally in exchange for old bond.
Read the corrected clauses for the Bill to allow the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co to feed their canal through our navigation.
Thomas Hanman to leave cottage as he ceased to be a servant of Company. William Organ, Company's carpenter, to move into quitted house.
Job Guy to move from present house at Chippenham Platt to house occupied by William Organ at Dudbridge. Job Guy retained as lock keeper, inspector and repairer of wharfs and generally as servant at 12 shillings per week. Ocupancy of cottage contingent on his remaining in service of Company.
Cottage now occupied by Job Guy to be let to Thomas Critchley, using wharf at Chippenham Platt as vendor of coals.
Mr Fisher presented copy of Bill enabling Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co to take water from River Froome. Clause prepared by Messrs Fisher for ceasing rights to take water except through pipes in case Proprietors should desire to use Stroudwater Navigation between Whitminster Lock and crossing of Navigation by Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co except as a canal, should be introduced to form part of Bill. Essential to interest of Company of Proprietors.
Opinion of a special pleader to be taken as to liability of Company to fence towing paths of Navigation from adjoining lands. Messrs Fisher to prepare same.
Introduction of clause for ceasing right for taking water through Navigation except through pipes not to be pressed, in case Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Co. adverse to its introduction.
Mr Thomas Wall, joint occupier of house at Dudbridge Wharf, allowed £15 by discharge of half year’s rent for sum spent by him on repair of house, in addition to £5 formerly allowed, provided there is a letter from Mr John George declaring that Mr Wall is to be Company's tenant in house at wharf. Not to remove fixtures and fittings.
Mr J C Croome, Mr P H Fisher, Mr Thomas Croome to be a deputation of Committee to Messrs Stanton’s on part of Mr Snowden, proprietor of lands belonging to Lodgemore, to confer with them as to fencing of his lands from Company's towing path.
Rents in future to be collected quarterly.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £3669 10s 1d. Balance after wages, etc, £3220 5s. Dividend of £16 declared.
Committee for next year: Mr W Cosham, Mr Thomas Croome, Dr Darke, Mr F Eycott, Mr P H Fisher, Mr Samuel Fisher, Mr Joseph Fisher, Mr W Grazebrook, Mr M J Wood, Mr Geo Wathen, Mr H Wyatt, Mr W Stanton, Mr T Croome.
Consent of Company to be given to passing of Act enabling Glocester & Berkeley Canal Company to take supply of water from River Froome through Stroudwater Navigation when approved by Committee.
Mr Joseph Grazebrook responsible to Company for £100 following failure of Thomas Harper for whom he became security. Mr Joseph Watts to decide whether he shall pay any or what of £100 at next Committee meeting.
Clerk to clear out vessel ‘Triumph’, owner C Twine, on payment of tonnage.
Purcell’s salary to be continued at present sum.
Copy of amended Bill of the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal Company to have seal of this Company affixed.
Messrs Stanton’s offer that Mr Snowden, at own expense, make proposed fences and release Company from all liability for 20s 3d per perch of 16½ft, between Lodgemore culvert of Painswick Water and wall of gas works. Offer accepted provided Company released from all liability to fence or repair the Rack Leaze in Painswick parish. Land sold subject to liability of fencing falling on purchaser and provided towing be preserved in uniform and ample width.
Mr Grazebrook not to pay any of £100 surety for Mr Harper.
Samuel Renard claimed share no.4, will of Samuel Renard.
Sufficient paddles to be provided and used at coffer dam on River Frome near Ebley Mill pond to regulate supply of water for canal weir.
Board to be used on weir at upper end of the Five Locks for regulating exit of water over weir.
The lashers of Foundry Lock near Dudbridge, Double Locks and Bristol Road Lock to be kept locked during night by lock keepers. Opened to allow barges permitted to navigate by night to pass through locks.
Mark to be made on wing wall of bridge at Dudbridge Wharf on level with sill of coffer dam to enable lock keeper at Dudbridge Wharf to regulate supply of water at Ebley coffer dam.
M Wood to negotiate with Critchley of Bristol Road Wharf remuneration for locking and opening the lashers and attending to Bristol Road Lock.
Books to be provided for lock keepers at Dudbridge, Double Lock, Five Locks and Bristol Road Lock to enter date, the level of water, times of opening and closing, when they take their supply, also state of streams, complaints and otherwise. Keepers of Five Locks to enter when and for how long water in canal may be running over weirs there. Books to Clerk every fortnight, to Committee monthly.
Mr Snowden, owner of the Rack Leaze undertook to exonerate Company from expense of making and repairing fence. Mr Wood to meet Mr Charles Stanton and arrange definitively the line of the fence for other part of Lodgemore lands. Release to be prepared from Mr Snowden of liability of Company to fence same.
Request from Messrs Sheppard and Johnson and others, timber merchants Bristol, for tonnage of timber to be lowered to 1s 6d per ton refused.
Book to be kept by storekeeper containing account of articles in store and time when given out again. Book to be produced to Committee at monthly meeting.
Tradesmen to furnish monthly bills.
Request of Richard Parker & Co. to have three months running account for tonnage agreed.
Mr Hawker stopped leaks in canal near the Ryeford, as requested by Messrs Maclean and Stephens.
Road to be raised over the Ryeford Bridges. Messrs Maclean and Stephens to be allowed 20s per annum for keeping road repaired.
Mr Croome, Mr H Croome, Mr Cosham to inspect cottages at Dudbridge occupied by Nurse and Guy and if they deem it necessary arrange the erection of brewhouses there.
Committee to recommend next genaral meeting to present £10 to R Cork for his exertions and expenses incurred in publications respecting railroads and canals.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £2968 10s 7d. Balance after wages, etc £2331 3s. Dividend of £11 10s declared.
Request from Mr Purcell to enter from canal into dock he proposed to erect for repair of vessels near Framilode, to be supplied with water from canal, refused because of consumption of water for purpose different from ordinary use of Navigation. No desire for premises at present.
Letter from Mr Turner and Mr Baylis regarding accident in 1832, overturning of their wagon on the Ryeford Bridge when laden with wool. Samuel Pimbury, their agent, agreed to accept £20 in damages.
Mr Wood reported that on 9 December Lodgemore level of canal was several inches below proper height. Servant Guy had not reported same or taking of water to supply deficiency. Clerk to enquire reason.
Man managing vessel, a Worcester, called the ‘Defiance’ belonging to Messrs Parker & Foster injured lock gates at Dudbridge. One extensively damaged. Damages estimated at £15.
Mr Fisher to apply to Messrs Bowerman & Co. of Eynsham near Oxford to pay tonnage of £27 12s 2d.
Draft of release sent to Mr Snowden. Mr Fisher to write explaining reasons for clauses to which Mr Snowden objected.
Company to pay one half of expenses of the release to be signed by Mr Richard Martin for removing brick bridge at Whitminster and replacing it with a wooden bridge.
Accounts examined and bills paid.
Master of vessel ‘Commerce’, Beacham, fined 40 shillings for using his horse without a muzzle.
Messrs Fishers to apply to Philip Moore for payment of rent due to Company.
Half Yearly General Meeting. Tonnage £3144 13s 6d. Balance after wages, etc, £2530 0s 6d. Dividend of £12 10s declared.
Committee for next year.: Dr Darke, Mr P M Fisher, Mr S Fisher, Mr J Fisher, Mr Cosham, Mr G Wathen, Mr Wyatt, Mr T Croome, Mr W Wood, Mr F Eycott, Mr W Stanton, Mr Holbrow.
Mr R Parker applied for allowance of a drawback on tonnage of salt carried upward. Allowed if and when Thames & Severn Canal Co agree to make drawback on the line of their canal, on similar application to them.
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Application by Mr William Playne for reduction on tonnage in Bristol stone going up for repair of Nailsworth Road from Dudbridge Wharf. Reduced by 2d per ton.
Clerk to make affidavit of debt due from Bowerman & Sons to Stroudwater Navigation Co.
George Basham to keep roads over bridges and wharfs in good repair in addition to present contract. Term to be extended for 3 years, with annual payment increased £5 to £115.
Thames & Severn Canal Co to make reduction to tonnage of salt. Drawbank of 6d on salt passing from Wallbridge through T&S Canal into Wilts & Berks Canal to Oxford and beyond Pewsey Wharf on the Kennet & Avon Canal, on production of a certificate that it has been delivered within three months after passing Wallbridge.
Job Blick to rent dock at Chippenham Plat, with occasional use of blacksmith’s shop, for one year for £22 10s.
Inspection of bridge between corner of garden ground formerly belonging to Peter Smith, and entrance to Ship Inn, the side of which ought to be fenced from Turnpike road. Application to be made to Commissioners of road to make fence without delay as essential to public safety.
Mr Halsey of Whitminster complained of injury to fences of his land near Bristol Road Bridge by passing of towing horses. Difficulty of passing under bridge by ordinary road. Proposed to allow gate in his fence at cost of Company to facilitate passage of towing horses from one side of bridge to the other. Offer accepted. Gate to be made.