A set of short Stories about people, places and events, together with some more in-depth Studies towards the end of the list.
Ivor Gurney’s poem ‘The Lock Keeper’ brings to life the human side of working on the Stroudwater Canal in the early twentieth century when traffic was in decline.
During its three year run from 1896, the annual Stonehouse regatta combined rowing and swimming races with canal capers and Bovril Bombs.
When coal merchant Frederick Nurse needed to build a new barge to develop his business in 1847, he used the event to publicise a cause that was dear to his heart.
Why was the lock outside the front door of the Victoria Tap pub on an isolated site between Stroud gas works and Dudbridge known as Foundry Lock?
In the 1770's when the canal was being built, bricks were made on site where suitable clay was available, with the clay being dug and moulded by hand.
Links to a selection of studies related to the Stroudwater Canal that are available on other websites.
1. Early Barge Owners
2. Competition for the Bristol Trade
3. Nurse Family
4. Knee Family
5. Owners Based at Chalford
6. Owners Who Were Corn Merchants
An account of a dramatic accident that occurred at Bristol Road Lock in 1923 with details of the complex work needed to get the canal open again.