Transport, Infrastructure and Services

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Transport, Infrastructure and Services

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Canals, Railways, Water, the Telephone, Electricity, Roads and more ...

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Oakridge History Society

Items in the Transport, Infrastructure and Services Collection

The Thames and Severn Canal
History Since the 1730s, when the first Act of Parliament to authorize a canal from the River Severn to Stroud had been passed, the Stroudwater Navigation had been seen as part of a larger plan to link London and Bristol by waterway. No work took…

The GWR Comes to Stroud
Cheltenham and Great Western Union Railway From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   TheCheltenham and Great Western Union Railway was a 7 ft (2,134 mm) broad gauge railway that linked the Great Western Railway at Swindon, Wiltshire, with…

Oakridge's Water Supply
Reminiscences regarding local water supplyTony Partridge remembered his family firm putting in concrete liners to form wells in 1930s. They would have been commissioned when new house built or for animals. People got water diviners to locate position…

Postal Services
Postal ServiceIn 1852 & 1868 Richard Holland ran a PO at Sisley and Joseph Workman ran one in Chalford. Post OfficeInformation from "Home Words", a parish magazine copies of which were read by Paddy Farroll and notes made: November 1887 "The…

The Telephone comes to Oakridge
From the First PhoneThe first telephone in the village was that of the Le Bailleys. In the 1924 telephone directory it is listed as Bisley 14 and is the only one in Oakridge. The first excitement was when we got the telephone. Until then the nearest…

Heating, Lighting, Cooking and Refuse
Lanterns"I can remember these (hurricane) lanterns being hung in the milking shed. This helped to create a cosy atmosphere and it was pleasant to hear the cows chewing the hay. The lanterns were used in winter to light the way when delivering the…

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