Lydney Canal
Pidcock's Canal
Upper Dock
Swing bridge
Lower Dock
Tidal flood protection gate
Lock
Tidal Basin
Sea gate
Junction with River Severn
1946 OS Map
1946 OS Map
The tidal entrance gate
The tidal entrance gate
The semi-tidal entrance basin
The semi-tidal entrance basin
The lock
The lock
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The Lydney Canal is a one-mile canal in Gloucestershire that runs inland from the River Severn to Lydney. It was opened in 1813 to trans-ship iron and coal from the Forest of Dean. It was once connected by a horse-drawn tramroad to Pidcock's Canal[1] which brought materials down to the wharves by tub-boat.

In the 1960s imported wood was still being brought in by barge from Avonmouth.[2] It remained in commercial use until the 1980s. The entrance to the canal consists of an outer tidal gate opening into a wide basin. From there a lock opens into the one-mile canal cut. Immediately above the lock, a pair of gates points the other way as protection against a high tidal flood in the estuary. There is one swing bridge across the canal.

The docks were restored between 2003 and 2005, using money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, to create a marina and harbour area for seagoing yachts and motor boats.[3] In 2015 the outer lock gates failed in the open position and are inoperable. Consequently the harbour has become silted up from River Severn mud and is out of use.[citation needed]

Timeline

River Lyd

River Lyd approaching its confluence with the Severn.
River Lyd approaching its confluence with the Severn.

The Lyd is a small river in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England.

The Lyd flows into the River Severn via the canal in Lydney.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Lydney Harbour brochure" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  2. ^ Photo in Francis Frith Collection
  3. ^ "Lydney Area in Partnership website". Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  4. ^ Forest of Dean Railways Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Joseph Priestley (1831). Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals, and Railways of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2009.
  6. ^ "Lydney Harbour". Heritage Gateway. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Lydney Docks". Gloucestershire County Council. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012.
  8. ^ "LAiP Projects - Lydney Docks". Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  9. ^ "English Heritage". Archived from the original on 23 February 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2007.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2007.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Lydney". Ports and Harbours of the UK. Archived from the original on 15 January 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.

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