Stroudwater Lock, also known as Junction Lock, marks the start of a section of Stroudwater Navgation that used to link the canal to the River Severn before the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal was constructed. The canal is infilled from this lock (in the westerly direction) to the village of Saul.
It is very unlikely that the link to the River Severn using Stroudwater Navgation will ever be re-opened, not least because of the dangers of locking into the river at Upper Framliode. The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal provides the needed connecticity to the National Waterays Network further upstream at Gloucester.
This lock, which is Grade II listed, was restored by the CRT in the socond half of 2016.
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Before Lock Restoration
Stroudwater Lock, Saul Junction
Restoration Phase: n/a
Access: Footpath Listed Building Grade II
'Old Stroudwater' is a term that has been adopted to describe the section of the canal between Saul Junction and Upper Framilode.
Before the opening of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, this was the route taken by the Stroudwater Navigation to connect into the River Severn.
Some of the canal in this section is now infilled, and locking into and navigating the river at Upper Framilode, which is also tidal at this point, could be somewhat hazardous. For these reasons, it is unlikely that this section will be fully restored through to the River Severn.