Saul to Gloucester

Saul Junction
Nosing into Saul Junction - here, the Stroudwater canal, still undergoing restoration, crosses the G & S. It linked the Severn and the Thames. The G & S fought hard for connections to other canals, and further fought to prevent most of them from being converted to railway use. Another pretty spot forming part of transport history. Stroudwater Canal at Saul Junction
Three bridges leading into Gloucester are higher than the others. Small boats can get under without a "swing", pleasing them, and no doubt nearby residents - full mechanisation of this bridge (below) at Quedgeley had been completed only a few days previously...with a strident high-pitched alarm for the barrier. A further problem is that housing estates are springing up on the west bank; as you may imagine, these bridges are now having far too much asked of them.
Quedgely I
Quedgely II
Entry to Britain's most inland port is through the Llanthony lifting bridge. The warehouse (far right) is now the National Waterways Museum.
There's plenty more to see and do. Bridge notice
Llanthony lifting bridge
Entering Gloucester Docks
 Beyond shops and restaurants, boats lock back into the Severn. There is a last opportunity to view Robert Opie's Museum of Packaging & Advertising (leaving October 2001) - and you can take in such exhibits as a rare fireless locomotive. With something always happening, the level of activity attracts quite a few people, some coming by water, and for anyone coming by road, the car (or coach) parks are extensive. ...a last chance...
Edward Elgar locks through to the Severn
Fireless locomotive
Part of the Packaging Collection
For help and assistance in Gloucester,
special thanks to:- 
John, Sally, & Nicholas Taylor.

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