Letters written by Percy G Snape between May 1928 and July 1941
The Committee will not sell. The culvert from the weir runs under the ground.
Enclosing demand note for Schedule A tax. Awaiting your instructions.
Referring to enclosed Demand Note, 2345, Lee Bros purchased the Ship Inn premises.
Enclosing cheque for £150 for bridge at Lodgemore.
Re support for T&S Canal, we have not yet received a definitive reply from two bodies.
Before anything can be done about your son taking over the tenancy, a formal notice to quit must be sent by you
Seeking reply to letter 19 April re tree at Eastington at risk of falling into the canal.
Apologising for letter from Chairman not being signed.
Seeking contribution to support of T&S Canal.
Enclosing letter from Mr Gardom re T&S Canal. I understand the Council will contribute and I am asking for the G&B Canal Co's contribution.
Re: your enquiry into our canal rates, please advise me exactly what information you require
Re: late payment of our contribution, we await payment by a major contributor which is promised by mid-June and we hope to pay when the Committee meets on 20 June. The question in connection with one of the Public Bodies has been dealt with but we have not yet received official communication.
T&S Canal: My chairman requests you send the cheque as we are getting into trouble with the County Council as the full amount requested has not been paid.
Re: Canal freights: We can only give a toll as we are only toll receivers. Messrs Ward & Son of Stroud will send freight charges. We will be glad to assist in any further way we can.
Re: rates. Saul to Dudbridge 1s 5d per ton; to Wallbridge 1s 7d per ton; through rate to T&S Canal 1s 6d per ton. T&S Canal to Brimscombe 7d per ton; to Chalford Wharf 9d. Please let me know how this turns out.
Ref. F.S. 1375 I enclose statistics of traffic carried on this canal in April 1928
T&S Canal Contribution. My Chairman requests your official communication re this matter for our meeting on 20th.
I will place your communication before the Committee later this month. The state of trade generally and gradual disuse of the canals have prevented the payment of any dividends for some years.
Gas Works Bridge: This bridge was damaged to day by one of your carts. As the repair is urgently needed, it has been put in hand and a bill for costs will be sent to you in due course. I understand the lock keeper has reported the accident to your office.
Please reply urgently to my letter of 11 Jun re: contributions as the Committee meets tomorrow.
I enclose £50 drawn at the Committee meeting today on account of Lodgemore Bridge.
Thank you for yesterday's letter.
In reply to your letter, my Committee is advising the present owner of the small plot of land that he did so at his own risk and that neither the Navigation nor the tenant of the adjoining field would pay any compensation for any damage done.
I send today the further sum of £170 of the sum we agreed to try to raise towards the upkeep of the Canal in 1927/28 and hope to send another about £60 shortly. Relating to 1928/29, if all the promises made to the canal by traders and public bodies materialise we hope to collect a sum of around £550.
If you give due notice you can inspect the books of the company.
The Committee have no objection, on agreement you pay 8d per ton, to your request to remove the deposit by the end of September to make good any damage done to the road and wharf
[Scored through and annotated 'cancelled'] It has been arranged that the owner of the small plot of land at Foundry Lock Dudbridge uses it at his own risk and that neither the Navigation nor the tenant of the land adjoining would pay any compensation for any drainage done. Do you agree to the above, awaiting your reply.
Re: Bristol Road Wharf: I enclose the agreement made 5 March 3 1895 between the Company and the late William Tudor re above.
In compliance with the Railway & Canal Traffic Act 1888 I inform you of an intended stoppage on this Canal as per notice enclosed.
NOTICE Canal closed 16th - 23rd July
The Committee has considered your letter. Please provide a plan of the proposed crossing, number of wires etc.
Please reply to my letter sent January and enclosing 4d in stamps for two forms re Company's Registration.
Please pass on the information that we propose to close the canal for repairs to Dudbridge Lock 16th - 23rd July. If the dates are not convenient to trade we might delay the work a day or two, at inconvenience to me: we must manage our men. PS we propose fixing two new heels to top gates
I enclose a letter from Mr Gardom re contribution for 1928/9
We will be depositing a large quantity of road material on the wharf by your shed. Please remove the stones you have here as they will be in the way.
The next meeting of the Committee is fixed for August 1st at 3pm, the General Half-yearly Meeting on the same day at 3.30pm.
Thank you for your letter. The letter referred to was posted here on 18 Jan last. I enclose stamps for four pence for two forms.
Your letter will be considered at the Committee meeting on 1st August. PS I take it you propose crossing the canal at or near to the Pike Bridge at Eastington? Please let me know.
It has been decided that you use the small plot of land at Dudbridge at your own risk and that neither the navigation nor the tenant of the adjoining land will pay any compensation for damage done. Please acknowledge this letter.
Re: Worker's Compensation Insurance. I enclose a cheque of £17:0:6 for renewal of our premium. In due course I will send a return for wages etc for the past year so that the necessary adjustment can be made.
I have a draft agreement of the House and garden at Bristol Road for you. Please send details of when we can meet.
Sec 39 Railway & Canal Traffic Act 1888. I believe the number of the form is 25. I enclosed 4d for two forms in my last communication.
T&S Canal: In reply to your question, the promises received amount to £550 and no others are anticipated. Even this amount cannot be said to be 'definite - the word you use -, but we have no reason to doubt we can collect this sum.
The enclosed draft agreement of the cottage and premises at Whitminster with Spiers has been approved by him.
Deleted - see p46
T&S Canal: I enclose a letter from Mr Gardom. The sum of £537: has been paid to GCC and £1:16:1 stands to the T&S Canal special account, making a total of £538:16:1 towards the £600 for 1927/28. We have about £90 at the bank on the Stroudwater account. I have received a cheque of £50 this morning from Stroud UDC - one half of that Council's contribution of £100 for 1928/29
The same information as in 46 in account form
T&S Canal: We are sending you today the balance of £600 contribution to the maintenance of the T&S Canal
T&S Canal: I am instructed to say that we have nothing to add to our letter of 2 Jul on this matter.
An account for £3:10:0 for Addie at Shallow Lock from 1 Apr 1926 to date plus toll, annotated 'Paid'
I enclose a statement of salaries and wages paid by this Company in the year ending 30 Jun 1928, amounting to £969:15:2.
Ref: F.B.1375. I enclose statistics of Traffic carried on this canal during May and Jun 1928
The canal has now been reopened to traffic.
Re: Workmen's compensation insurance: Thank you for your cheque for 15s 10d, being rebate re above.
I enclose the account and balance sheet for the half year ending 30 Jun last.
The Committee agree to let to you the part of the wharf at £35 per year rent on a 21 year lease terminable at the end of 7 or 14 years on either side.
Tenancy: Bristol Road Wharf: I enclose the agreement with Mr Spier's re above, sealed and signed by the Chairman and Clerk.
The Committee has considered your letter. We will convey to the tenant the substance of your letter.
The committee instruct me to inform you that if the balance of the rent due re March quarter amounting to £3:12:6 is not to hand by the next meeting of the Committee they will proceed with the notice to quit already given
re: Bristol Road Wharf: Thank you for your letter.
Rev. William Harrison deceased. The death of Rev. William Harrison has been registered in the books of the Stroudwater Navigation and I enclose the Death Certificate and Share Certificate No. 81 in the Company.
Re: Rev W Harrison deceased. Thank you for your letter dated yesterday.
In reply to your letter of 25 Aug, a receipt . . . .due from your Board was forwarded to you on 27 . . . last, No. D. 136. [one edge of page illegible]
Our Lock keeper at Eastington has reported that you wished us to remove your poplar which had fallen in the canal. We have done so and will send an account in due course. Two barges were detained in the canal by the fallen tree, but so far we have had no claim for compensation.
Re: Canal Statistics: I regret the delay in this matter. The clerk who deals with this matter is away for two weeks but will attend to it immediately on his return.
Rent £4:10:0. Please respond as soon as possible re rents due for bill posting stations at Wallbridge and Dudbridge as the books are being prepared for my Committee.
The cost of removing the tree which fell at Blunder Lock, Eastington is £1:12:6.
My Committee have instructed me to draw your attention to the very heavy traffic you are taking over the Cross Bridge at Stonehouse. If damage occurs you will be held liable.
One of your heavy motor lorries yesterday damaged our accommodation bridge at Stonehouse. Urgent repairs are being carried out, which in due course will be charged to you. Under its Parliamentary Act, the Canal Company is only liable to maintain the bridge fit for ordinary traffic at that time and it is not constructed to sustain modern heavy vehicles.
Ref: F.B.1375. I enclose statistics of Traffic carried on this canal during Jul 1928
The Committee has decided to reduce the number of employees on the Canal. I am instructed to explain the situation. I should give the normal fortnights notice from today but do not wish to pay any compensation in your case. If this does not suit you we will see what can be done for you.
Thanks for your letter. I am attending to Mr Little's letter.
T&S Canal. Thanks for your letter of 21st [remainder illegible]
T&S Canal. Please remit the Council's next instalment of £50 to complete the promised contribution of £100 to the upkeep for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £25 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £15 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £5:5:0 [?] to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £50 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £50 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £10 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £2:2:0 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £5:5:0 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
T&S Canal. Please remit your promised contribution of £3:3:0 to the upkeep of the canal for the year ending Mar 1929
Re: Stonehouse Bridge. I enclose the account re above.
Stonehouse Ocean Bridge, Court Farm: to repairs £13:19:2
My Chairman instructs me to inform you again that we have promises up to £550 for the year ending Mar 1929 and assuming the promises materialise we will pay this sum by that date. It is impossible at this time to make any promises for the year ending 25 Mar !930 but we will endeavour to raise the same sum as this year and will inform you promptly of any replies.
The Committee has decided to dispense with your services and to give you a month's notice to put things in order. I hereby give you a month's notice to expire on 31 Oct 1928 that your services as clerk will no longer be required.
I enclose an account for wharfage at Wallbridge Wharf. As my books are being prepared for audit, please respond as soon as possible.
To Wharfage Charge re deposit of 1680 tons of road material @ 8d: £36: :
Stonehouse Bridge: I enclose a letter from Messrs Lalonde Bros & Parham re above. There is a notice board at the entrance gate to the road from the main road stating that the road is a private road, not put up by the Company. I have informed Messrs Lalonde that their letter is having attention.
Detailed bill re Stonehouse bridge amounting to £13:19:2. [see 95]
Details re a further amount of £7:5:6. [see 95]
Copy of letter re damage sent to Lalonde 19 Sep 1928. [see 95]
Details re a further amount of £13:19:2. [see 95]
Stonehouse Court Farm, Ocean Bridge I enclose the particulars you ask for and can meet you by appointment. The damage to your van has of course nothing to do with this Company.
Wharfage room at Wallbridge: As you still have stone at the wharf I take it you wish for the arrangement to be continued for the three months ending Dec next. I await your reply to the Committee.
Re Stonehouse Ocean Bridge: thank you for yesterday's letter
Tuesday will suit me, please tell me what time of day your representative will call.
Income Tax - Notice of Assessment. Director's tax Year 1928-1929 ending 5th April 1929. I enclose Notice as above and await your instructions.
Re: Tree at Blunder Lock. My Committee request that you remit your cheque for £1:12:6 for removal of the tree at Blunder Lock as the books are being prepared for audit