Upper Mills Bridge Appeal

The Upper Mills Bridge Project

An appeal for donations towards restoration

The Upper Mills Bridge project is organised by the Cotswold Canals Trust and Stroud District Council as part of the Phase 1A Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of 6 miles of the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn Canal.

The Phase 1a section runs from just east of Stonehouse to Brimscombe Port, a length of about 6 miles. Work on this £25m project has started, with completion due in 3-4 years.

The Trust has undertaken to appeal for further funds to facilitate the early reconstruction of Upper Mills Bridge.


If you would like to contribute to the Upper Mills Bridge Appeal, please
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Location of Upper Mills Bridge

Upper Mills Bridge is located near the western end of the Cotswold Canals at Stonehouse.
It serves the main entrance to the Upper Mills Industrial Estate and can be seen from the A419. The bridge is close to the mid point of the two mile long Ryeford pound.
Its restoration will enable dredging boats to restore much of this length to full usability.
Two other major road bridges nearby have already been completed by Gloucestershire County Council as part of their contribution towards the restoration of the Cotswold Canals.

The History of Upper Mills Bridge

Upper Mills Bridge was originally constructed in about 1778 as a timber construction accommodation swing bridge. It provided access to Upper Mills which derived its power from the Rover Frome in the valley below. The original timber bridge was probably replaced several times before the installation of a steel swing bridge in the 1920s. That bridge was built by Daniels of Stroud.

The canal was officially closed by Act of Parliament in 1954 although traffic had ceased a number of years before this. The current access road has been widened and upgraded over the years. A concrete deck and girders was later laid over the remains of the old swing bridge.
Work Commenced 27.09.10 –  Target for Completion January 2011

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Find out more

To obtain further details about the project, or to request a presentation, please contact:

Ken Burgin
Cotswold Canals Trust – Chief Executive
The Pike Lock House
Gloucestershire GL10 3RT
01453 827 414

Donations or financial contributions

Can also be be be sent to:

Cotswold Canals Trust
Bell House
Wallbridge Lock
Phone: 01285 643 440