Report on the Inspection of the canal from the Ocean,
Stonehouse, to Wallbridge, Stroud,
Made by Mr. Bloxam and Major Caruthers-Little on 8th.
Ocean Swing Roller Bridge
Condition fair, but the condition of the decking
should be carefully watched.
The west wall needs repointing in places.
The east wall is fair.
The whole of this pound needs dredging as usual.
Stonehouse Wharf and buildings
The roof of the lean to attached to the stable let
to Mrs.Penn has a large hole which should be attended
to. Mrs. Penn is in arrear with her rent.
The County Council are encroaching somewhat beyond their
Stonehouse Brick Bridge
East wall requires some repointing.
Swing Bridge at Stonehouse Upper Mills
The iron work on the Towing path side has been damaged
but it was reported that Messrs. Vowles had undertaken
to repair it.
Just above this Bridge is in bad condition, many
holes which should be filled up with ashes.
Damage has again been caused to the Towing path
by water dripping from this Bridge and it needs some
The hedge on the Tow path side near the Canal Cottage,
Ryeford, wants cutting back as Ivy is overhanging badly.
Water is coming through the arch of this bridge
near the off side and it is difficult to account for
this, unless there is a leak in the Water Companys
pipe attached to it.
A tree near the north east pier on the off side of this
Bridge is too near the wall and the roots may cause
At the Ryeford Saw Mills
There is a fresh hole in Towing path just behind
the cement coping which needs attention at once, and
the path just here is generally ?hard? And should be
Double Lock, Ryeford
The leak caused by defect in the heel of the post
on off side of bottom gates, is bad and should be seen
to when occasion occurs of emptying this pound.
The balance poles of the middle gate need retarring.
The balance pole of top gate on Towing path side needs
watching and a new foot board is required.
Cottage at Double Lock
Fence in front needs painting.
Cement verge of back slope of roof needs repair.
Guttering on lean-to also defective and wet getting
into brick work.
Oil Mills Bridge
Pier of south west wing wall needs repair, brick
A small ash tree in the grounds of Ebley Orphanage is
hanging over the Canal and this should be cut down.
Ebley Swing Bridge
This Bridge is not the property of the Navigation
but boatmen complain that it is difficult to open. It
certaily sticks to some extent, but not very seriously.
The piling should be pulled back to prevent possible
damage to the wings.
Hilly Orchard Footbridge
Water is leaking through the arch of this bridge,
but it is impossible to tell whether this is due to
the fact that the road is in course of reconstruction
and rain water therefore gets in instead of running
off, or to a leak in the Water Companys pipe which
goes across under the roadway. This should be watched.
2 Cottages above the Bridge at Dudbridge
New guttering is wanted for one cottage (possibly
mean below the Bridge)
Dudbridge Lower Lock
Nothing needed at present.
Dudbridge Upper Lock
Nothing needed at present.
Very shallow needs dredging.
Hopson is again encroaching beyond his boundary.
To the wharf are very dilapidated.
Mr. Snape reports ceiling of attic is falling. Not