Useful Links

The following organisations have close links to the canal and Stroudwater History

Cotswold Canals Connected is a project bringing together different partners involved in preserving the history — and building the future — of the Stroud District canal network.

Cotswold Canals Trust is a charity set up to restore the Stroudwater Canal and the Thames & Severn canal from Saul Junction to Lechlade.

Gloucestershire Archives, holders of the archives of the Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation, which document the history of the canl from the 18th century to the present day. They hold many other document collections relating to people living and working alongside the Stroudwater Navigation.

Museum in the Park is set in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park in Stroud. Within the historic mansion the collection tells the fascinating story of the landscape and people of the Stroud District. Their collections include photographs, paintings and postcards showing both the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canal and their users during the early 20th century. They include canal plans and company documents, correspondence relating to canal users, such as James Smart of Chalford, tokens, distance plates and other elements of the physical infrastructure of the canals.

Stonehouse History Group promotes interest in the local history of Stonehouse in all its aspects and through all periods of history, and publishes regular articles on the history of the Stroudwater Navigation and its adjacent mills in its Journal.

Stroud Local History Society records the history of the five valleys, including a photograph collection with pictures of the Thames & Severn Canal.

Stroud Textile Trust established in 1999 by local people wanting to promote awareness of the woollen industry in the Stroud valleys and celebrate contemporary textiles.