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GRO Brimscombe Port IMG 1314
What: Historic man made Port Site (1789)
Where: Extending from Brimscombe Mills Estate, down Port Lane

Brimscombe Port was a focal point as the Headquarters for the Thames & Severn Canal, where goods were transferred from trows to barges.


The port basin was filled in after 1933. There are plans to re-open the canal.

Brimscombe Port, a large sheet of water with a central island for safe storage of goods, existed because of the two types of boats working the canals. Severn trows could come all the way up the Stroudwater Canal to Brimscombe, but then narrower boats were needed to go through the Sapperton Tunnel to the River Thames, and the Port was the place where the cargoes were moved from one to the other.  The Port was also the headquarters of the Canal Company, who had their offices here.

The canal was opened in 1789 and the last loaded boat went through to the Thames in 1911. The canal was not formally abandoned until 1927, and the Stroudwater Navigation Co. kept the canal opened to Brimscombe until 1933. After that, however, the port basin was filled in, and various companies, including a foundry, carried on business on the site. In 2002, the port area was purchased by British Waterways, who plan to reopen the canal after restoration in the coming years.

The headquarters building, which has been demolished, was converted into Brimscombe Polytechnic School.

From January 2016, this website is managed by Stroud Local History Society

Revised 2018 EMW