Learn more about life on the canal through these contributed stories of people, places and events, with some in-depth Studies.
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.
A study of the barge owners who traded to the Bristol Channel ports, including some who were based at Chalford.
For building the locks and bridges in the 1770s, bricks were made near by, with the clay being dug and moulded by hand.
Carpenter Edward Keene worked on building the Stroudwater Canal and later adapted his workshops for theatrical performances.
An account of a dramatic accident that occurred at Bristol Road Lock in 1923 with details of the subsequent recovery work.
The role of the canal in supplying water to Hoffmann's ball bearing factory at Stonehouse.
How the Stroudwater Company’s efforts to avoid the towpath becoming a right of way led to a confrontation in 1901.
Challenges faced by the builders of the Eastington flight of locks over 200 years ago.
How the Stroudwater Company treated the widow of a lock keeper in 1800.
The surprising history of the site of the CCT Western Depot near Pike Bridge, Eastington.
Withy trees were common along the lower Frome valley, and the withies were sold for making baskets and hurdles.
Outlining the practical arrangements for drawing water for the canal from the River Frome at Ebley.
The controversies associated with the comings and goings of the Stroudwater Company's clerks.
The rise and fall of Stroudwater Clerk Edward Hains.
The roles that members of the Pettat family played in the creation of the Stroudwater Canal.
Memories of the 1930s when there were still some boats moving on the canal.
An account of a boom in the salt trade on the Stroudwater during the Napoleonic War.
How coal was delivered to the gasworks, highlightin the role of the Herbert family.
Annie's personality attracted many visitors to her pub in a remote location with no road access.
The men who served as lock keepers at Framilode and their duties.
A study of the cargoes sent to and from the Stroudwater Canal from its opening in December 1776 till the end of the century.
Memories of a boat-boy who regularly traveled to the Midlands to bring cargoes to the Stroud valley in the 1880s.
An account of a brutal murder in the lane leading to Lodgemore Bridge in January 1887.
Links to a selection of studies related to the Stroudwater Canal that are available on other websites.