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Waterways of Gloucestershire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Gloucestershire

Patch bridge on the Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal.

Bristol - Cirencester canal project

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A proposed canal from Somerset to Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

A proposed link between the Avon at Bristol and the Thames & Severn Canal near Cirencester.

History:

Promoted and surveyed in 1793 but never authorised or built.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Bristol - Thames Head Canal project

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A proposed canal from Somerset to Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

A proposed canal from Bristol to the Thames Head a rival to the Bristol - Cirencester Canal project.

History:

Promoted in 1793 but never authorised or built.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Bristol Junction Canal project

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A proposed canal through Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Waterway Description:

A proposal by the Wilts & Berks company for a canal from their navigation near Malmsbury to the Gloucestershire coalfields around Pucklechurch and Coalpit Heath then on to Bristol.

History:

Proposed and surveyed in 1810, a Bill was introduced and withdrawn before the second reading in 1811. Never authorised or built.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Cinderford Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A canal that was entirely within Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

A private canal of 1.25 miles from a water wheel at Broad Moor, fed with water by the canal, to Cinderford.

History:

Completed by 1795.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Coombe Hill Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A canal that was entirely within Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs 2.75 miles, from Coombe Hill, Gloucestershire, to the junction with the river Severn at Wainlode.

History:

Promoted under Acts of 1792, opened in 1796 and closed under an Act of 1876.

Points of Interest:

Currently being restored by the Coombe Hill Canal Trust.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Gloucester & Sharpness Ship Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

The whole of the canal is within Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs from almost 17 miles from Gloucester to Sharpness.

History:

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 Waterway details page.

Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A canal that went from Herefordshire to Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

Was a 35 mile, 22 lock, narrow canal from the Severn at Gloucester to Hereford with tunnels at Oxenhall (2,192 yards) and Walsopthorne (440 yards).

History:

Authorised by an Act of 1791, some of the canal opened in 1794 and was open from Over to Newent in 1795 (16 miles and 13 locks). The final 18 miles to Hereford was not opened until 1845. Closed in 1881.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Lechlade - Abingdon Canal project

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A proposed canal from Gloucestershire to Oxfordshire.

Waterway Description:

A plan for a canal from Lechlade to Abingdon to by-pass the navigational difficulties of the upper Thames.

History:

Proposed in 1783, surveyed in 1784 never authorised or built.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Lower Avon Navigation

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

From the Mythe at Tewkesbury, where the river crosses into the county from Worcestershire, to the point where it joins the Severn less than a mile away, the river is in Gloscestershire,

Waterway Description:

Runs from Evesham (where it joins the Upper Avon Navigation) to Tewkesbury where in joins the Severn.

History:

Was in the hands of the Perrotts of Craycombe, Fladbury until 1924 when William Fisher took over and formed the Lower Avon Navigation Company. Later it was transferred to John Whitehouse of Evesham, then , in 1949, to C D Barwell. On 1 August 1950 the Lower Avon Navigation Trust Ltd was formed to restore the river. Avon Lock at Tewksbury had two new gates fitted in 1952 and repairs were done to the lock chamber. In 1953 Chadbury lock rebuilt by the Royal Engineers. The following year Wyre lock, weirs and sluice gates extensively repaired and restored and in 1955 work started on deepening Pershore Lock, which was deepened by three feet, new gates fitted and the navigation arches of the old bridge deepened by 1956. Fladbury Lock was deepened by three feet in 1958 and in 1961 Cropthorne/Fladbury water gate was removed and the channel deepened. The whole navigation, from Evesham to Tewksbury, was formally reopened on 10 June 1962.

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Lydney Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A canal that is entirely within Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

A one mile length of canal from Lydney Harbour (tidal basin), through a lock then on to Lydney Station.

History:

Promoted under an Act of 1810 and opened in 1813. Originally connected to Pidcock's Canal, which ran a further 1.5 miles.

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Pidcock's Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

An abandoned Glousetershire canal.

Waterway Description:

Was a 1.5 mile, 3 lock, canal from Middle Forge, Lydney, to Lydney Pill, Gloucestershire.

History:

Built about 1779, open until the mid-1840s.

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River Avon (Warwick)

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A river navigation from Warwickshire to Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs from Warwick to Tewkesbury, although the stretch from Stratford to Warwick is not fully navigable

History:

Made navigable by Acts of 1751 and 1793. The upper Avon Navigation Act of 1972 now applies. Opened for navigation in 1639.

Points of Interest:

The two parts of the river were restored by and administered by two separate trusts (the Upper Avon Navigation Trust and the Lower Avon Navigation Trust.) but they merged into the Avon Navigation Trust in 2009.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Severn

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

The river enters Gloucestershire about a mile below the M50 motorway bridge and for 2½ miles it shares the river with Worcestershire as the river forms the boudary betwwen the two counties. At Tewkesbury Lock No 5 it crosses wholly into Gloucestershire for the rest of the navigation to the estuary.

Waterway Description:

Navigable for 92 miles from Stourport, where it joins the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, to Avonmouth, where it joins the River Avon and the Severn Estuary

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1503, 1531, 1532, 1772, 1799, 1803, 1809 and 1814.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Thames

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

From a point between Castle Eaton and Kempsford the river forms a boundary between Wiltshire and Gloucestershire until St. John's Lock where it enters Oxfordshire and forms a boundary between Gloucester and Oxfordshire until a point between Buscot Lock and Kelmscot where the river is wholly in Oxfordshire.

Waterway Description:

The navigation runs 211 miles from Cricklade Bridge to the Open Sea. The first 135 miles, above Teddington, are non-tidal

History:

The river has been used as a navigation from prehistoric times. Numerous Acts of Parliament have been passed relating to the river from as far back as 1423 and by the height of 'canal mania' in 1793 the river had already been the subject of 23 Acts.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

River Wye

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

The whole of the navigable river forms the boundary between Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.

Waterway Description:

This open river can be navigated for 15 miles from Bigsweir Bridge to Beachley Point, where it joins the Severn estuary

History:

Right of navigation extends to Hay-on-Wye an Act was passed for the Wye Navigation in 1662.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Stroudwater Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

The whole canal is within Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

Runs 8 miles from Wallbridge Locks, Stroud, where it joins the Thames and Severn Canal, to Framilode Lock, where it joins the River Severn.

History:

Promoted by Acts of 1730, 1759 and 1776. Opened in 1779. Closed by an Act of 1954. Now subject to a long term restoration project

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Thames and Severn Canal

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

From Wallbridge Lower Lock, where it connects with the Stroudwater Navigation, to near Cerney Wick Lock No 39, where it crosses into Wiltshire the canal is in Gloucestershire.

Waterway Description:

This abandoned canal runs 28.75 miles from Wallbridge, where it joins the Stroudwater Navigation, to Inglesham Lock, where it joins the Thames.

History:

Promoted by an Act of 1780 and opened in 1789. Abandoned by orders of 1927 and 1933. Now subject of a restoration scheme.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

Worcester & Gloucester Union Canal project

Waterway's place in Gloucestershire :

A proposed canal between Glousetershire and Worcestershire.

Waterway Description:

A proposed canal from the Gloucester & Berkeley Ship Canal to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Worcester.

History:

proposed and surveyed in 1825 but never taken any further.

For more details see the Waterway details page.

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