Learn more about life on the canal through these contributed stories of people, places and events, with some in-depth Studies at the end of the list.
Poetry rarely touches the waterways, but Ivor Gurney’s poem brings to life the human side of working on the Stroudwater Canal.
This colourful annual event in the 1890s featured rowing and swimming races alongside canal capers and ‘Bovril Bombs’.
Dudbridge coal merchant Frederick Nurse used the building of a new barge in 1847 to publicise a cause that was dear to his heart.
Explaining why Dudbridge Upper Lock is also sometimes referred to by the name Foundry Lock.
For building the locks and bridges in the 1770s, bricks were made near by, 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.
A study of the barge owners who traded to the Bristol Channel ports, including some who were based at Chalford.
An account of a dramatic accident that occurred at Bristol Road Lock in 1923 with details of the subsequent recovery work.
Withy trees were common along the lower Frome valley, and the withies were sold for making baskets and hurdles.