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 likely to be several years before the redevelopment of the port is completed.
More details on the Port and its history can be downloaded as a PDF document here.
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!
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.
The salt store is one of only two surviving buildings on the site. The other is East Wharf Cottage.
The only other surviving structure is a section of the Port boundary wall. A grant permitted the wall to be restored in 2008.