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Brimscombe Port

Brimscombe Port

View across Brimscombe Port, with the salt store in the middle distance
(Photo: 2083 - 01/03/2014)

The port was the headquarters of the Thames & Severn Canal Company, and the site incorporated a 700 ft long canal basin which has long since been infilled. Most of the former port, which was redeveloped in the 1960s into a light industrial area, has been acquired by the Stroud Valley's Canal Company. The next redeveloped of the port with a re-instated canal will be delivered by a combination of private developers and the Stroud Valleys Canal Company. It was originally expected that this would be completed by 2014. However, it is not now expected to happen for several years.

More details on the Port and its history can be downloaded as a PDF document using the link in the right panel above.

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Rush Skate Park, the car park of which sits over part of the infilled basin
(Photo: 2340 - 01/03/2014)

The delay in the redevelopment of the Port has presented new opportunities for local businesses. One of these is the Rush Skate Park which now occupies the former factory building above. This is a fantastic 40,000 sq ft indoor facility for those with scooters, skateboards, roller blades and BMX bikes - and is used by both the young and the not so young!

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Line of the infilled canal through Brimscombe Port
(Photo: 2798 - 01/03/2014)

The roadway in the photo above marks the approximate line of the infilled canal.

The building to the right is occupied by 'Inside Football', another new business set up in late 2013 to take advantage of the large empty factory space.

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Another view of the Port showing the extent of the site
(Photo: 2800 - 01/03/2014)

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Brimscombe Port salt store
(Photo: 2796 - 01/03/2014)

The salt store is one of only two surviving buildings on the site. The other is East Wharf Cottage.

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East Wharf Cottage. One of the 2 surviving canal buildings at Brimscombe Port
(Photo: 2799 - 01/03/2014)

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Part of Brimscombe Port original boundary wall. River Frome to left
(Photo: 2538 - 01/03/2014)

The only other surviving structure is a section of the Port boundary wall.

A grant permitted the wall to be restored in 2008.

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Plaque commemorating the original use of the site attached to a 1960s building
(Photo: 2797 - 01/03/2014)