Wallbridge, Stroud c.1790

View of Wallbridge, Stroud, circa 1790, artist unknown

The Wallbridge Painting shows Wallbridge, Stroud at a time when spinners and weavers worked at home in their cottages. These were the days before large machinery was housed in huge mills such as Ebley Mill. The new Thames and Severn Canal had just arrived and connected to the older Stroudwater Canal. The artist would have been sitting in fields along what is now Cainscross Road, somewhere close to Homebase. Wallbridge, Stroud is an important historical and contemporary landmark and the Museum in the Park is home to this equally important Wallbridge painting. Thanks to a financial donation from the Stroud Education Business Partnership, more detailed digital interpretation is available alongside the painting. Please visit the Museum and see the painting revealed.

The canal in the picture is the Thames and Severn Canal (opened in 1789), which joined with the Stroudwater Canal (opened 1779) beside the lower wharf at Wallbridge. Together these two canals linked Inglesham lock on the River Thames (near Lechlade) to the River Severn at Framilode, and enabled goods to be shipped between the two major rivers in this part of England.

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Although few of the buildings pictured in this image still stand, all is not lost. During the demolition of 18 to 20 Wallbridge, various items were rescued including some 17th century wallpaper and two shell cupboards.

 

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