Landscapes of Wool & Water

Tuesday 10th September 7.15pm
Fromebridge Mill
Whitminster
Gloucester GL2 7PB

An illustrated talk by Val Kirby.The movement of water has shaped the landscapes of the Stroud Valleys throughout geological time.  The production of wool is more recent but still has a history many centuries long.

Wool and water came together in the industrial revolution with the building of many water mills.  Then from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries the Cotswold Canals brought supplies and materials into the valleys and took finished goods away.

Val Kirby is passionate about the dynamic connections between water, land and the way people use them.  A retired landscape architect, with many years experience in analysing, planning for and teaching about landscapes, Val will talk about the Cotswold landscape from its origins in the Jurassic geological period, many millions of years ago, to the present day.

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Places and Buildings

Saturday 22 June
9.30am-12.30pm
CCT Bookshop, Brimscombe GL5 2QG

For everyone interested in finding out more about the built landscape features along the canal, from Brimscombe Port to Wallbridge. From locks and winding holes, bridges, buildings and railway lines, Peter ‘Canals’ Best will explain it all. Join Peter at CCT Bookshop at Brimscombe Port at 9.30am, ending Wallbridge Upper Lock CafĂ© at 12.30. All welcome, some rough ground. Parking at Brimscombe Port and a return shuttle back from Wallbridge. Please do get in touch if you have any specific requirements that we might need to know about in advance.

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Visit A Mill

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 May
Gigg Weaving Shed GL6 0JF 10am-12pm
Dunkirk Mill GL5 5HH 2pm-4pm

Gigg Mill is typical of many that previously existed in the valleys, small and unpretentious but with a story going back to the C.16th. Built on the Horsley brook at a spot where the stream plunges down in to the Nailsworth Valley. In the early 1900s power was still provided by a 17 foot diameter waterwheel.

Dunkirk Mill tells a history embracing the Industrial Revolution, the engineers that changed the processes, and the family that experienced the boom years and final decline. A wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery.

Find out more about the mills, locations and accessibility at each mill here:  www.stroud-textile.org.uk
Twitter @StrdwtrTexTrust

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