History Hunt

Jim is on a History Hunt

Cotswold Canals Trust member Jim White has donned his deerstalker hat, picked up a magnifying glass and set out on a hunt for some elusive evidence of 1700's lock gates & lock-gear engineering.

Can you help him in the hunt for paintings, plans or photographs of Stroudwater Navigation Locks?

Jim, a retired engineer, is fascinated by the methods and mechanisms applied by engineers of a bygone age.

He explained, “I have long been an avid collector of books on the history of the Cotswold Canals. However, my researches into the Stroudwater Navigation, built between 1775 and 1779 have drawn a blank when it comes to details of the lock gates and lock gear.

Jim enlarged on his interest, “The diversity of engineering solutions is one of the fascinating things about the waterways. There are many lockside pictures of the Thames & Severn Canal but seemingly precious few of The Stroudwater”

Jim’s magnifying glass really has come in useful when studying the small number of faded photographs he has been able to trace. These were mainly taken about, or before,1954 – between Framilode and Dudbridge.

The Stroudwater Navigation operated until 1941 when traffic effectively ceased. It was abandoned by Act of Parliament in 1954 despite vigorous lobbying to keep it open.

Jim asks for anyone with private photograph collections of the Stroudwater to get in touch.

“Anyone with a collection of pictures could well help to advance the restoration project.”

If you can help fill in this knowledge gap please call Jim White on 01453 873 733 or email him by clicking here dimlite@hotmail.co.uk