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Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Description of Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal: Runs from almost 17 miles from Gloucester to Sharpness.

History of Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal: Promoted by Acts of 1793, 1797,1805, 1818, 1822 and 1825.Opened 1n 1827. Originally called the Gloucester & Berkley Canal its southern terminus was changed to Sharpness in 1818.
For more details see the History page.

Gloucester Docks

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Related External Web Sites of Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

  • The National Waterways Museum The major waterways museums located at Gloucester Docks, Ellesmere Port and Stoke Bruerne.
  • Saul Canal Festival Saul Canal Festival is the new title for what was once known as the Saul Junction Boat Gathering.
  • Gloucester Quays Details of the plans to develop the land beside the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal adjacent to Gloucester Docks.
  • R W Davis Company A company that has been building boats at Saul Junction since 1887.
  • The Gloucester - Sharpness Canal Page Things of interest on and near the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal for boaters and other visitors.
  • Saul Junction Boat Owners Club Located at Saul Junction, where the Stroudwater meets the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal.
  • Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal This site highlights the main features of Gloucester Docks and the 16 mile ship canal link to Sharpness and the sea. Brief details are given about the history of what can be seen today, with many comparisons of old and current views.
  • Simpsons Boats Narrowboat builder based at Sharpness.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal: Length 240 foot, beam 30 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Gloucester Lock

Junction with River Severn Bascule Bridge over the Lock

0

1

N

SO826185

162

Gloucester Docks

Water area of 14 acres

0.1

1

N

SO827183

162

Llanthony Road Bridge

0.4

1

N

SO826181

162

Monk Meadow Dock

0.6

1

N

SO823175

162

Monk Meadow Wharf

0.9

1

N

SO822172

162

Hempstead Bridge

1.5

1

N

SO819164

162

Sims Bridge

2.4

1

N

SO809155

162

Rea Bridge

2.8

1

N

SO805151

162

Quedgeley Oil Depot

4

1

N

SO795141

162

Sellars Bridge

Pilot Inn

4.1

1

N

SO796135

162

Hardwicke Bridge site

4.9

1

N

SO789127

162

Parkend Bridge

6.1

1

N

SO777106

162

Site of Pegthorne Bridge

Bridge removed

6.8

1

N

SO767103

162

Saul Junction

Junction with Stroudwater Canal Junction with the Stroudwater Canal, which is currently being restored.

7.8

1

N

SO756093

162

Sandfield Bridge

Grain Silos

8.1

1

N

SO753090

162

Fretherne Bridge

Cadbury's Factory

8.9

1

N

SO746085

162

Splatt Bridge

9.8

1

N

SO742067

162

Cambridge Feeder Branch

11

1

N

SO738051

162

Ryalls Bridge

11.1

1

N

SO737050

162

Patch bridge

11.9

1

N

SO727043

162

Purton Upper Bridge

14.3

1

N

SO692042

162

Purton Lower Bridge

14.4

1

N

SO691044

162

Purton Timber Pond

15

1

N

SO684040

162

Severn Railway Bridge Site

Former railway crossing

15.3

1

N

SO678033

162

Junction with Old Line

15.4

1

N

SO674030

162

High and Low Level Swing Bridges

Sharpness Docks entrance, water area 20 acres.

15.5

1

N

SO673027

162

Sharpness Lock

15.9

2

N

SO669022

162

Tidal Basin Gates

Junction with River Severn

16.3

2

N

SO667021

162

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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