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Locally designed and produced Towpath Direction Signs and Interpretation Panels have been installed along the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames and Severn Canal through Stroud.

Teamwork enhances the towpath

Three towpath sign posts constructed by the Cotswold Canals Trust Western Depot woodworking team Ray Talbot and Will Foster have been installed at Capels Mill by the Stroud District Council 'Tuesday Volunteers Team' led by Paul Weller.

The black & white paint scheme on the eight foot high posts is synonymous with lock gate balance beams. The wooden direction arms have a rebated area into which separate plates bearing place names & distances have been inserted.

Thames & Severn Way

The printed plates include way markers for the Thames and Severn Way. The font, a bespoke design produced by Steve Roberts at Footprint Interpretation Design, replicates the lettering used on the original eighteenth century Thames & Severn Canal milestone plates. Footprint Interpretation Design is a member of the Stroud Design Cooperative.

Interpretation panels along the way

Steve Roberts also produced the twenty-three interpretation panels being installed between Stonehouse and Capels Mill. Steve explains his inspiration…

“The inspiration is to see the canal corridor providing a main route for people and wildlife alike. The illustrations are aimed at all ages and reflect historic and cultural aspects of the area as well as the wildlife".

Stroud District Council’s Canal Project Manager Dave Marshall endorsed Steve’s thoughts and added…

“The direction signs and Steves wonderful illustrations certainly reveal the wildlife and the industrial and cultural heritage of the canal corridor. We believe this element of the canal restoration programme will interest and benefit local people and visitors to the area"

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