New Bridge Named
The new bridge carrying the A46 over the canal in the centre of Stroud is to be named ‘Stroud Brewery Bridge’, it has been announced.
The name commemorates the old Stroud Brewery, which stood next to the site of the bridge until it was demolished in the early 1970s.
“Nothing remains of the old brewery apart from a length of wall next to the canal and the old malthouse in Merrywalks,” said Cllr Keith Pearson, Stroud District Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration.
“We thought this name was a good way of remembering a once great landmark building and at the same time inform future boat users that they have reached the town.”
Following a request last year, nearly 30 suggestions for names were put forward by members of the public, together with reasons. ‘Brewery Bridge’ was actually the most popular, but both Stroud Town Council and the Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology felt that the name ‘Stroud’ should be incorporated into the title.
Judging of the suggestions was carried out by Cllr Pearson and Cllr Frances Roden, Leader of Stroud District Council.
Historically, there never was a bridge at this site. Traffic was originally carried by the old Wallbridge Bridge until the canal was infilled at Merrywalks in the 1960s and the new A46 junction built.
The new bridge is due to be opened next month and has been project-managed by Gloucestershire County Council.
It will remove a major obstacle from the canal and means that the canal route is now open between Stonehouse Ocean and Capels Mill. A majority of the funding for the new bridge has come from the Canal Project with the remainder from the County Council.