Whitminster

Passing Whitminster Church and House, the Canal closely follows the River Frome, which provides an important feed of water from the site of the former mill. Further east, the Canal is crossed by the Bristol Road (off map) below the present main centre of population of the village.

OS Map c1880 (National Library of Scotland) Larger map
OS Map c1880 (National Library of Scotland) Larger map
OS Map c1880 (National Library of Scotland) Larger map
OS Map c1880 (National Library of Scotland) Larger map

Whitminster Lock (1) was built to match the change in river level associated with the former Whitminster Mill (2 marks the site). In the 1830s, the former mill weir (3) was retained to maintain the high level of the river in order to provide an important feed through new settling tanks (4) to the Stroudwater and on to the nearby Gloucester & Berkeley Canal. From Walk Bridge (5), a permissive path leads to Whitminster House and church (6). Off map to the east, the canal crossed the river on what was known as an aqueduct but would now be called an inverted siphon.

When the Stroudwater was closed to navigation in 1954, the section from the aqueduct to Saul Junction was taken over by British Waterways (now Canal & River Trust) as it was still required to feed water to what is now known as the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal - and it continues to do so today.

Heritage Sites Along the Towpath

Walk Bridge. The form of this bridge has been much influenced by the changing needs of the nearby Gloucester & Berkeley Canal which intersected the Stroudwater in the 1820s. 

Whitminster Lock and Feeder. The lock and the feeder from the River Frome have been much influenced by the changing needs of the nearby Gloucester & Berkeley Canal which intersected the Stroudwater in the 1820s.

Missing Channel and Aqueduct. This length of canal and Whitminster aqueduct were cleared away in the early 1970s as part of a flood alleviation scheme. 

Stonepits Bridge and Drainage. From the track crossing Stonepits Bridge can be seen the complex drainage arrangements in this part of the Frome Valley. 

Occupation Bridge and Oil Pipeline. Two very different structures in a delightful setting, with a nearby ancient orchard. 

Bristol Road Wharf. The site of the wharf can still be seen to the west of the A38 Bristol Road although the two buildings have been much altered in recent years. 

Bristol Road Bridge & Lock. Both bridge and lock were swept away by the building of a roundabout for a motorway slip road c1970.

Missing Mile North. This section of canal was infilled during the construction of the M5 motorway c1970.