Chalford, On The Canal 1910

Chalford, On The Canal 1910

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Memories of Chalford

My Grandmother

My Grandmother was born in The Round House, Chalford in 1901.

A memory of Chalford by Joanna Smart

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Here several small boys and girls are sitting beside the canal. In the past it was once busy with an incessant stream of barges laden with bales of cloth passing through this now-abandoned lock. Along the crest of the hill are the homes of the mill owners, while the workers' houses and the mills themselves were positioned in the valley bottom.

Now-derelict, the Thames & Severn canal linked the two rivers. It was specially built to accommodate the elegant sailing barges called Severn trows. The canal closed in 1954. As it climbs the area known as Golden Valley, the scenery is magnificent.

Now derelict, the Thames & Severn Canal linked the two rivers. It was specially built to accommodate the elegant sailing barges called Severn trows. The canal closed in 1954. As it climbs the area known as Golden Valley, the scenery is magnificent.

Several small boys and girls are sitting beside the canal. In the past it was once busy with an incessant stream of barges passing through this now-abandoned lock, laden with bales of cloth. Along the crest of the hill are the homes of the mill owners, while the workers and the mills themselves were positioned in the valley bottom.

This is the now-derelict Thames and Severn canal which linked the two rivers. As it climbs the area known as Golden Valley, the scenery is magnificent. This is the Bell Lock near Chalford: the lock around the corner is known (unsurprisingly) as the Red Lion. The children play with dolls and boats, unfettered by today's safety police.

This is an excerpt from Canals and Waterways, by Dennis Needham

When this picture was taken, the canal had only recently undergone a restoration programme. Of the two pubs shown here, The New Red Lion (centre) survives. The Bell Inn (left) is now a private house. The retaining wall on the right was part of Chalford Station yard. The careful posing of the children adds considerably to the appeal of the photograph.

The Red Lion Inn shown here at the centre of the picture survives where others, such as the Bell (on the left) have not; public houses sprang up alongside the canal route which opened to great national acclaim in 1789. As the River Frome marked the boundary, the Red Lion was once in Minchinhampton parish, and the locals took advantage of the different pub closing time! The date 1904 on the beam marks the replacement of the lock gates here at Bell Lock.

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