A report by Mike Gallagher
Dave Marshall is a key player in Stroud District Council’s Canals Partnership Team responsible for the canal restoration linking the Severn and the Thames.
He is able to see the work from a management perspective. He is also keen to get his hands dirty and joins the Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers, in his own time, wherever he is needed.
Dave has recently found some interesting bottles during his excavations, empty… but in good condition.
Dave explains… “The twist in this story is that I found a Stroud Brewery bottle while working on Eisey lock, near Marston Meysey, way beyond Cirencester.
Conversely I found a Cirencester bottle while working on Gough’s Orchard Lock at Brimscombe. A tiny insight on canal life as barges meandered through the countryside.”
This is the second beer bottle story coming from the Canal restoration.
The first was when workers found a full bottle of Stroud Brewery beer, dating from about 1948 on the site of the bridge works at Wallbridge, aptly named Stroud Brewery Bridge.
The bridge work is nearing completion.
The recent exhibition of proposed work on and around Capel’s Mill in Stroud received a favourable public response and work could start next year.
In the meantime the partnership will continue with Ocean Bridge by St.Cyr’s Church, Stonehouse and various concurrent projects.