Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater
Some Notes on Employees
Compiled by Joan Tucker
Barnfield, Thomas Lock keeper
1841. Died. Succeeded by William Mustoe
Barns, James Lock keeper. Bristol
Minute Book 1. P.362. Agreed to hire him @8/-per
week, out of which he pays 1/- as deposit on house, up
to 40/- as pension.
Bassett, Frederick Lock keeper Dudbridge
c. 1920s lived in tied cottage at lock-gates.
Ref. Eileen Halliday Saving Nine p. 54. He frequented
Bridge Inn or Railway Inn at Dudbridge.
Used bad language to provoke a quarrel. Could be personal
& sarcastic. A small man, 5th. from left in pub outing
photo on page 53.
Baylis, Samuel. First and then Second
Minute Book 2. p.74. 2.2.1788. When Joseph Grazebrook
resigned, the office of Clerk was split into two, each
with separate department.
1st. Clerk was to keep companys books, attend meetings,
obey orders of at least 3 members of the Committee, attend
& receive tonnage of all vessels at Dudbridge &
upwards, to pay money into Treasurers hands every
week & to give the business his constant attendance.
Baylis ofered himself & was appointed @ salary of
£45 pa. (Edward Hains was 2nd. Clerk)
p.84. 14.10.1788. The 2 Clerks were
to exchange offices & duties.
p.175. 11.9.1794. Resolved that
2nd. Clerk should be a working man, living near the line
of the canal not higher than Stonehouse because he needs
to be on hand to attend on the barge masters. Mr. Hains
was to give intimations of this to Baylis.
p.214. 12.4.1796. Resolved Baylis be suspended
from his office
p.215. 18.4.1796. Appointed SB. until
June 7th. on condition of his paying due attention to
the interests of the Co.
p.235. 10.4.1799. Resolved that
a 2nd. Clerk should reside in the house at Framilode occupied
by John Pashley & to discharge the duties now made
by JP & SB. The Committees interests call upon
them to dismiss JP & SB.
Beard, Thomas Clerk & Lock
keeper at Framilode
Minute Book 2. P.265. 26.11.1798. William
Smith indisposed .´ . TB to receive tonnage
on lower district & to fulfill duties in absence of
7.6.1814. TB dismissed for fraudulently secreting sums
of tonnage money.
Bullock, William George Lock keeper Double
Letter to Snape (manager) 13.06.1907. from Charles Wm.
Horwood Deane, who had altercation with Bullock at Ryeford
swing bridge, when riding his bike on towpath!
Someone remarked somewhere that Bullocks nature
matched his name. A small man
Halliday Saving Nine p.54 in photo of pub outing,
Bullock is 2nd. on left.
29.11.1916. Agreement re rent of Double Lock Cottage £5
He played euphonium in Kings Stanley band.
Burbage (or Burbidge), John Clerk
Minute Book 4. p.191. Appointed JB of Painswick
as Clerk at Framilode in place of Wm. Purcell.
1851 census. Entry 253052. Aged 60 born
North Petherton, Som.
Wife aged 47 born Som. Son aged 24, British
Cottle, Joseph Wharfinger at
1851 census. Aged 43 born Horsley. Wife, Ann, aged
42 Son, John William aged 16 born Stonehouse
30.8.1864. Reported the Queen Anne overloaded
at Dudbridge Wharf with paving stone. Ref. Letter
Critchley, Thomas Clerk
Journal 1814. p.20. paid for the service he
did the Proprietors in giving information respecting frauds
committed by their servants £10.
Daniels, William Canal Labourer
1844. Appointed 1880 ? Died
1851 Census. Aged 54. Born Stroud Wife, teenage
son, 2 teenage daughters, one dau. aged 7
1857 William & Peter Daniels both working on paths
Nov.30th.-Dec.5th. @3/- and 2/6d. respectively per day.
1858 Allowed 4 weeks @ ½ wages during illness. But
from 23/24th. Nov. he was ice-breaking with a gang.
Driver, Nathan. Surveyor of Canal.
1846. Dec. 21st. Appointed, from Brimscombe. Engineer?
No canal experience aged 56
1851 Census Aged 64 born Painswick Wife,
Elizabeth aged 61, born Bisley
Has engineers house rent free, but he pays rates
1864. May. See notes on coal pen. Then he was ill
and was succeeded.
Evans, Richard Lock keeper
Minute Bk.1. Has paid 10/6d. as settled & is taken
into his former employment
He will pay 1/- per week out of his salary up to 40/-
as security on house.
Hains, Edward 2nd.clerk, later
1788 Feb.2nd. Offered himself as 2nd. clerk (after Joseph
Grazebrook) @£40pa. To attend and receive tonnage
of all vessels below Dudbridge and to account to 1st.clerk
every week. Also to give his constant attendance. Min
Bk 2 p.74
14th. p.84 The 2 clerks to exchange duties
1798 Jan.2nd.p.251 Reported his increased business
since the dismissal of Baylis & Pashley. Company had
made saving of £28pa. Hains could occupy new house
at Wallbridge free of rent and taxes.
Hains, William Labourer
1916. Journal p.238 Paid to him, other labourers
and lock keeper £5.16
Harris, James Tidesman and lock keeper
1913 Ivor Gurney the poet was his lodger, & was the
subject of his poem The lock-keeper.
1 915 Mentioned in annual inspection
Hawker, George Clerk
1817 Sept 27th. Paid quarters salary £40
Appointed chief clerk @salary of £120pa. After Edward
Hains his predecessor had embezzled Company money and
1821. Salary increased to £200pa.
Holder, John Canal
1891 Census. Ist entry for Whitminster. At No1 Whitminster
Lane aged 51 born Slimbridge
mentioned in 1890s as Company servant. Did he look
after weir at Whitminster?
Humphries, Lionel Joseph Middle
1916, Nov. 13th. Agreement made by Chairman Philip James
Evans. Humphries was to serve as Clerk from Aug.
8th. 1916 not to divulge Company secrets etc. Pay
is 10/- per week, payable fortnightly.
He must give 14 days notice by registered letter.
Company can terminate by cause of wilful neglect or illness
Fredericks, W. The
1897 Oct. 6th. Letter from Sharpness New Docks Co. Refers
to our joint agent
Jones, John. Lock
1800, Nov 10th. Min Bk 2 p.314
Offered is services to Co. as lock keeper instead of James
Share dec. On trial for 11/- perweek & house room.
Lewis, Thomas Lock keeper
1780 Listed in cash book 2/1
1784 Jan 3rd.Road on towing path between Ryeford
and Mr Eycotts Mill (ie Bonds Mill) stopped
by him (re. Right of way)
17th Plans produced for Lewishouse at Double Lock
1798 April 9th. Resolved shed be made at east end of Lewishouse
1801 April 13th. Lewis et al. Had wages advanced by 1/-
1816 Lewis pay reduced to 5/- per week or dismissal
1784 Jan 1st. Road on towing path stopped by
him between Wallbridge & Dudbridge
Mason, Edward Wood. Clerk
1840 July 13th. Appointed Clerk (Surveyor)
at meeting @ £120 pa. With house at Chippenham
Platt formerly occupied by Organ, free of rent & taxes.
(MIN Bk 4 p.191)
1844 May 20th. Resigned. To be paid salary until June
24th. & money in lieu of rent and be allowed £7.10/-
in addition for ¼ annual sum allowed him for rent.
Minett, Lionel Lock
keeper / lengthsman Double Lock
1930s Large family
Mustie, William Lock
keeper Double Lock
Pashley, John Lock
1788, Feb. 2nd. He was to collect tickets at Framilode.
They had to be filed and brought to meetings when requested.(Min
Bk 2 p.74)
Pavey, William Under
or 2nd. Clerk
1799, Jan 2nd. Offered his services
as under clerk on same basis as Wm. Smith viz. £32
pa with tenement & garden(Min Bk 2 p.267)
1801, April 13th. Applied for increase in salary
because of advanced price of provisions. Add 8/-
Pockett, Leonard Lock keeper,
Tidesman and Lengthsman Framilode
The last man to be employed by the Company.
Described by a neighbour as a small man with a high-pitched
Collection of his fortnightly wage sheets are in Companys
Wife kept Post Office in lean-to at side of house (Post
box still there)
1955 Company sold to him Lock House, Warehouse and land
at Framilode for £1000.
Pockett, Richard Lock
keeper & Tidesman Framilode
1900-Appears in wages book (D1180/2/66)
Duties included attending to tides etc
1910, Nov 25th. at 11am died
Duties carried on by wife Fanny Pockett for the same wages
until end of Feb 1911.
1911. March Replaced by James Harris
Purcell, William Clerk and Lock-keeper
1814, Paid months salary £5 (Journal
1816, Dec. 20th. paid £5 (
1834, Jan 22nd. Surety 7& bond for him (Min
1840, May 22nd. His services to be dispensed with
on Mar. 20th. next, and notice to be given
Re. Wm. Purcell Notes supplied by David Purcell,
1814 June10th. Appointed @ £65pa to be paid
quarterly & he to pay £5pa for rent of house
1815? House built - when estimate was given, Framilode
was part of Eastington parish. He was given money to pay
tradesmans bills for building of his house. Had
to walk to Stonehouse each day to check the canal.
1821 Salary increased to £80
1833 Proposed to decrease salary to £60 but
1841 Left Company
1865 Died in workhouse
Share, James or John or Lock
Shear, James or John
1800, Oct. 14th. Half-Year Meeting reported
Share had worked for Company 14 years & was drowned
in canal short time ago while occupied in the business
of the Company. Resolved to take the calamitous
case of his widow and 9 children into their consideration.
(Min Bk 2 p.310/311.)
p.312. Martha Share, widow will be allowed 11/- per week
p.314. Overseer of Kinsall, Shropshire asked if Company
could allow widow 8/- per week p.314
1801. April 13th. Martha Share be given 3/- per week (
1844, June 17th. Appointed @£80pa. With house at
Chippenham Platt. (Min Bk 4 p.322)
1846, Nov. 16th. Advert to be put out for Surveyor
@ £70pa in place of Mr. Sherwood. (Min Bk 5, p.1)
Smith, William Second or
1797, June 12th. Meeting at Wallbridge, Smith offered
his service as Under Clerk @8/- per quarter. (Min Bk 2
1798, Nov. 21st. WS indisposed & incapable
of fulfilling his duties. Thos. Beard to fulfill duties
in his absence. (p.265)
1799, Jan 2nd. Smith dismissed
as from March 1st. (p.267)
Snape, Percy George Clerk
1916, Oct.18th. Agreement reported made between
Chairman of CPOS, Philip James Evans, Esq. &
PGS. From Aug. 5th 1916 PGS shall serve as Clerk &
Surveyor and shall not divulge any secrets or dealings
relating thereto. Salary £78pa to be paid at
Quarter Days. He shall occupy Canal House at No.
13 Wallbridge and the garden & land now occupied by
Termination 3 months by registered letter. If he wilfully
neglects or is ill or unable to work salary is
suspended after 3 months.
Died 1954. He was son of WJ Snape.
Snape, William James Clerk &
Lived at 13, Wallbridge. Father of Percy
White, John Lock
keeper Pike Lock
Lived at Pike Lock house. Known by FW Robotham
Michael Handford has some photos of him c.1900
reproduced on Pike Lock website.