Most of the Stroudwater canal route is unnavigable now, use the link below to read about the 1833 Battle of Whitminster Weir!
Battle of Whitminster Weir - Violence to stop water leaving the River Frome.
Use the link below to read about James Herbert, master of the barge Reliance and its journey along the Stroudwater canal to take coal to Stroud Gas Works in 1876.
Coal to Stroud Gas Works - The journey of the barge Reliance.
In the 1960s, the lock was infilled and severed from the upstream part of the Stroudwater Canal.
Whitminster Lock - Restoring the Lock.
Follow the progress of the restoration of the canal in 2006.
Cotswold Canals - Photographic tour of the canal.
Volunteers rescue Whitminster Lock Ten years ago volunteers partly restored Whitminster Lock, near Walk Bridge. Work had to stop and the lock began to disappear into bramble bushes and scrub. With permission of the landowner CCT volunteers have rescued the lock and revitalised this vital link in the Stroudwater Canal. 22 March 2006
Volunteers have rescued the lock - Whitminster Lock, near Walk Bridge.
The existing Stroudwater Canal which was opened in 1779 was the result of the third serious attempt to form a navigation between the River Severn and Stroud. Several million pounds have already been spent on restoration works and efforts are advancing to secure major funding to enable some of the major obstacles to be overcome.
Background history - of navigation between River Severn and Stroud.
Read the Stroud Valleys Project statement about the Cotswold Canal regeneration project, on the Stroud Valleys Project page of this website or visit their website.
Stroud Valleys Project - link to their website.