Stone Tower

Tower

As you near the Sharpness end of the Gloucester and Sharpness canal, you come across this rather out of place looking stone tower, that, at first glance, seems to serve no purpose. The clue to what it was used for is the stone abutment on the right. The tower formed part of the now-demolished Severn and Wye Valley railway bridge, dismantled in the 1970’s after an accident in the 1960’s where two barges collided with one of the bridge supports, bringing that down, along with two spans of the bridge. Sadly, four men lost their lives in the accident.

The tower formed the central support of the swing bridge section over the canal and, if you look closely, you can see a model of the span just in front of the tower.

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