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Docks Details - East

This page highlights some of the interesting details that can be seen around the east part of the dock estate at Gloucester, and the links below lead to pages giving more examples:

Details - North  Details - South  Details - West

Tramroad Gateway and Track
     The line of the horse-operated tramroad that once carried coal to Cheltenham has been marked out in the new paving beside the Southgate St entrance to the docks, and five pairs of stone sleeper blocks have been re-laid. It is planned to mount some original rails on the blocks to serve as a base for two replica tramroad wagons.  

Tramroad Plaque
     A plaque commemorating the horse-operated tramroad that carried coal to Cheltenham was formerly fixed to the left side of the gateway used by the tramroad. It was removed while the wall was rebuilt, and it is currently in safe storage awaiting replacement.

Rails and Cobbles
     A length of railway line with a central roadway of cobbles has been found on the quay in front of Biddle Warehouse. This alignment dates from c1860. It will be left exposed to highlight the role that horses played in moving railway wagons around the docks.

Remnants of the Dock Railway System
    A length of railway line and an indication of a turntable have been incorporated into the new surface of the East Quay, and further lengths will be included in the paving between Biddle and Reynolds Warehouses. 

Mooring Posts and Rings
     Around the quaysides are a variety of mooring posts and mooring rings that are being retained for possible use as well as being a reminder of the secure moorings needed for large vessels in the past. 

Siding Beside Albert Warehouse
     Two turned-up rails at the west end of Albert Warehouse (formerly Albert Mill) mark a former siding that had a canopy so that sacks of flour could be loaded into a rail wagon under cover. 

Crane Post by Victoria Dock
     The cast-iron post at the south end of the Victoria Dock was the pivot of a manually operated crane installed around the time the dock opened in 1849.

Midland Railway Crane
     Components of a manually operated Midland Railway crane, now in storage, were rescued from the former railway yard at New Mills station in Cheshire by staff from the National Waterways Museum. The crane dates from 1902, and it was capable of lifting five tons. It is expected that it will be re-erected on the east side of the Victoria Dock.

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