Sources for the River Severn at Gloucestershire Archives 


This document lists the main sources for information on the River Severn held at Gloucestershire Archives. Each entry has a ‘D’ reference number, which uniquely identifies it among the collections held at Gloucestershire Archives. To view a document you would need to visit Gloucestershire Archives and information on how to do this can be found on our website: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/archives.

Transport Utilities Accidents & Incidents Drownings & Deaths Work & Play Bridges & Crossings
Flooding The Severn Bore Maps & Charts Fishing Views of the river


Transport

D2197/2/18: Notes on Severn trows by O. R. J. Dangerfield of Arlingham, c.1950.  Mentions boat graveyard at Purton, with details of trows. 

D4764/4/16: Notebooks kept by R. S. Stagg [of Shrift Cottage, Lechlade] containing texts of interviews and draft notes for intended publication, relating to navigation on the Severn and its canal links, especially with regards to the Aust area; Includes a plea to the citizens of Gloucester and Bristol to revitalize waterway transport against the competition of the railways "by a former Conservancy and Inland Navigation Director" ("Severn vol. 1"); interviews with Capt. W. H. Savage, master of the steam tug "Resolute" on a round trip from Sharpness to Portishead [1927], with Capt. P. H. Longney on the "Iris" from Sharpness to Gloucester along the canal [1927] and with Capt. Geo. Stiff on the "Active" from Gloucester to Stourport [1927] containing much detail about the history of navigation, trade patterns and sights along the route ("Severn vols. 2-5"); autobiographical notes by Capt. Savage "the last of the old Lydney school [of pilots]"; copies of acts of Parliament relating to the Severn Commission (1842-81) and article warning of danger of abandoning or neglecting its works; historical notes about the Thames and Severn and Stroudwater canals, based largely on information from an old canal boatman friend, and about the Droitwich canal; notes on the old Aust ferries based on oral tradition (relying on John Vizard, parish clerk since 1866, Wm. Curthoyz, deceased, and Rosa Parrott, the last member of this Aust family); Some of these articles are written under the pseudonym "Sabrinicus" and may have appeared in a local newspaper  Lots of information, will need transcribing/extracting.  Note: Plans of the tug Active, and possibly Resolute and Iris as well, can be found in D2460.

D4982/9/6: List of petrol-carrying craft on the River Severn, 1945.  Typescript, including John Harker & Co vessels and Severn vessels including Tanker, Traveller and Progress (all of which have plans in D2460).

D5355/1/9/5: Photo of barge Severn Commerce in front of mill, [1960s].  Colour photo, but very faded.

D6059/1: Account book and stock book of James Andrews of 50 Westgate Street, Gloucester, rag merchant and general dealer; At back reversed; account of rag and bone stock-in-trade, 1847; transcripts taken from work of historians such as Samuel Rudder and Sir Robert Atkins concerning history of Gloucestershire, particularly Gloucester, interspersed with James Andrews' own observations, c.1864; James Andrews' notes on fish in the river Severn, the opening of the Gloucester-Berkeley canal and the use of vessels called "back doormen" before the canal existed, c.1864; James Andrews' draft will, 1880. 

D6224/2/4/63: Redevelopment of docks and proposed "Severn Corridor" waterway from Sharpness through Gloucester to Worcester, 1981-1982.

GBR/L6/23/B5439: River Severn: correspondence about improvement of Severn navigation; post war ideas, 1944-47; correspondence about revival of Severn Bridge project, 1945-47.

TBR/E2: printed posters of Severn Navigation Commission and Tewkesbury Borough, 1848-1951.

C/AP/R1/SE/4/2: Proposal for building a seaplane base for flights to America on the Severn, 1940-1945, also includes papers concerning docks and river trade.

D15/16: Manuscript copy of a map of the manor of Ruddle, a property of the Rt. Hon. Henry Pooles by Elias Allen; Decorative details include the houses of Newnham-on-Severn village (stylised), sketches of boats on the River Severn and of deer in woodland enclosures. 


Utilities

D4764/4/4: 'Berkeley Nuclear Power Station', brochure issued by the Central Electricity Generating Board, [1959] 

D8854 acc 8854: Photographs of construction of Oldbury Power Station, 1960s

CBR/B2/14/1/1/4: Correspondence and papers [re Cheltenham water supply]: Includes prospectus for the Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Water Co.; statements and correspondence concerning negotiations about clauses in the Bill; cuttings from the Cheltenham Examiner about opposition to the Bill; plan showing the proposed route of the water main from Tewkesbury to Cheltenham; correspondence and analyses relating to the composition of water from the Cotswold streams and the Severn; report of the progress of the Water Bill in the Cheltenham Looker On; Also includes sketch by J Horsley showing the confluence of the Avon and Severn at Tewkesbury with the proposed point at which the water was to be piped to Cheltenham, 1865.

CBR/B2/14/1/5/4: Reports; Includes J H Taunton's reports and costings of the proposed schemes, 1864; analyses of water from the River Severn, 1865

C/AC/C3/7/4: report and correspondence of Severn Barrage Committee about proposals for joint barrage and bridge scheme, 1933-1945 The barrage was proposed to generate electricity

K1444/1: plans to accompany report of Severn Barrage Committee, 1933

 

Accidents and incidents

D4764/4/31: River Severn: photographs of whale beached at Littleton-on-Severn, 1885; trow [early 20th cent.]; salmon fishing [early-mid 20th cent.]; Beachley ferry and Lloyd Lighthouse [1920s-40s]; Severn railway and vehicle bridges [early 20th cent. and 1970s]. 

D5555/4/6: Printed copy of a petition presented to Parliament by the town of Tewkesbury, concerning robbers on the river Severn, (1429).  Photocopy of printed version of petition.

Q/Y/5/7/1-3: Series of papers, photographs and cuttings concerning the Severn Bridge tanker disaster, 1960  Includes photographs of Severn Carrier and Severn Traveller, which were involved – photo of Carrier capsized with bridge in background; list of vessels that were on the river that night, including Traveller, Addie and Commerce (plans of Addie, Carrier and Traveller in D2460)

Q/Y/6/3/12: photographs showing police duties, including Severn Bridge disaster

Q/Y/6/3/21: photographs showing salvage operation at scene of crashed plane (BOAC G-ALRX) in the Severn estuary  (see D9110)

D9110 acc 9110: photographs of salvage operation at scene of crashed plane, as Q/Y/6/3/21



Drownings and other deaths

D37/1/268: Two Westbury boys drowned in Severn.  Custom at Awre of laying drowned body on ancient chest in belfry.  Commercial supplement of 'Times' contained articles on Siamese commerce.  Alcock and Brown's 16½-hour flight across Atlantic, 17.6.1919 .

Q/Y/4/9/3: Series of papers concerning the Haw Bridge murder mystery of 1938.  Some closed to the public.

CO: Coroners' inquest papers: Various incidents relating to deaths occurring on the River Severn, such as:

Charles Fox, accidentally drowned after being thrown out of capsizing boat, 1861 (CO1/I/7/C/13)

William Cooper, aged 85, accidentally drowned while trying to cross the Severn on foot, 1863 (CO1/I/9/B/14)

James Knapp, aged 46, of Littleton-on-Severn, deputy river pilot who drowned while trying to retrieve his drifting boat.  He went missing in November but his body was not discovered in March, 1871 (CO1/I/17/A/8)

Henry Bowyer of Henbury, accidentally drowned while bathing in the Severn, 1872 (CO1/I/18/C/18)

William George Montague, aged 21, of Gloucester, articled clerk, who drowned while trying to retrieve his shot duck from the river, 1875 (CO1/IN/20/D/55)

Mathias Sydanmatsa of Finland, sailor, accidentally drowned after falling off rigging of his ship, 1867 (CO1/I/13/D/24)

Sarah Matthews, aged 28, of Gloucester, an epileptic who drowned in Severn near the county prison, with her body being found at Elmore.  Judged a possible suicide – as she had argued with her mother and threatened to drown herself and had not previously, left her home in several years, 1878 (CO3/I/12/36)

P18/IN1/2: Burial register at Arlingham: burial of soldiers in Gloucester and Slimbridge garrisons drowned in Severn, 1644

P30/IN1/1: Parish register of Awre: Burials include many deaths from drowning or accident on Severn trows, particularly the shipwreck of the 'New Newnham' with the deaths of 17 passengers 1731 (p502); reference to tattooing on a drowned sailor 1794 (p546); sailor who died of the plague buried in the highway 1603 (p253); at end: notes on Rev James Whiting, drowned at Purton Passage 1677

P112/IN1/6: Parish register of Deerhurst: includes mentions of deaths by drowning in River Severn 1800, 1804, 1807

P228/IN1/4: Baptism and burial register of Moreton Valence: includes several drownings, 1783-1812

P309/IN/1/8: Burial register of Staunton (near Ledbury): includes Joseph Price, servant to Mr Hawkins, drowned in River Severn, 1821

P361/IN1/6: Preacher's book of Whaddon: includes note Rev R P Luscombe drowned in Severn 1887

D2460/2/3/5/21, 2/1/9/126, 2/1/10/12: Thomas Cox, lock-keeper for the Severn Commission, drowned in his lock at Maisemore, and his widow's subsequent efforts to keep her family. 



Work and play

D2460: Records of the British Waterways Board and predecessor bodies; The bulk of the collection, and the locally-relevant material, is made up of records relating to the River Severn and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal.  There are also small amounts of material relating to many other waterways.  It does not contain any material relating to the Thames and Severn and Stroudwater canals, as they were never owned by British Waterways.  The records of the Severn Commissioners include most of the Commission's administrative papers and a large amount of material concerning engineering matters.  The papers include a few plans, mostly within bundles of other documents.  The records of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal Company and its successor, the Sharpness New Docks and Gloucester and Birmingham Navigation Company, mostly consist of plans of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal and the docks at Gloucester and Sharpness.  The Sharpness New Docks and Gloucester and Birmingham Navigation Company's records in this collection also include a few series of financial and accounting records and a small amount of engineering records.  The rest of the collection, relating to various other waterways mostly in the South West of England but also including some in South Wales and a few in the Midlands, consists almost exclusively of plans of the waterways and their features.  There are also some plans relating to the premises and vessels of the Severn and Canal Carrying Company, which operated between Sharpness and Birmingham via the River Severn and Gloucester and Berkeley and Worcester and Birmingham Canals.

 

D3981: Diaries of William Thomas Swift of Churchdown, schoolteacher: mentions of Severn: 22 July 1861, Walked to Severn and World's End (D3981/1); 9 July-12 July 1869 To Bristol to visit friend Wotley (until 12 July) Visiting various churches, etc; a band playing on the packet crossing Severn (D3981/5); 28 Aug 1881. Over new Severn Br. to Penyran (D3981/11); 16 May 1886, Floods along the Severn and the misery caused by it is frightful in Gloster (D3981/14)

Q/Y/6/3/39: Photographs of police divers preparing their equipment, Jaguar patrol car parked near the Severn Bridge

D9559/1/2-3: Logs of 'Mistral V', 1943-1945.  Includes song, sketches, photographs, accounts of various incidents on trips up and down the Severn; mentions nearly being capsized by bow wave of Severn Trader

GBR/L2/8/6/1: Riverside development alongside River Severn, 1956-1973: Contains many papers relating to the controversial issue of a licence to hire out boats from foot of Westgate Bridge, 1957; Also includes draft of report to Estates and General Purposes Committee meeting about the 1957 development including plan, 1959; proposals (including a few small black and white photographs of row boat bridge) showing suggested sites for slipway, 1959; City Engineer's report on the Severn flood 1960; conversion of Little Meadow to golf course, 1963; tree planting scheme for the Oxlease (see also GBR/L/2/3/2/3) listing types of trees, quantity, prices and architects proposals on tree planting with related plan, 1966  Earlier material more interesting than later…

K1877: Papers relating to proposed development of Lydney Harbour, including brief history of docks, leisure and tourism opportunities etc, 1985

D8497: Interviews carried out as part of the BBC's Century Speaks project in 1998-1999, comprising:

Bernard John "Jack" Evans, stevedore: Born 7 February 1912, interviewed in Berkeley by Andy Vivian on 27 November 1998;  Most of Mr Evans' contribution concerns his work at Gloucester docks;  Interview covers: early days (born at 3 Severn Row, [The Docks]); education at the Docks school including not being allowed to write with his left hand; memories of the river traffic in his childhood including sailing boats later replaced by steamers; working in the family business on the docks, later becoming a ship's stevedore (loading and unloading cargo onto barges and lorries); much description of his life by the river including memories of the Severn Bridge disaster [1960], Sharpness as a community; hobby of keeping pigeons; memories of general strike in 1926 and the 1930s depression (although his own family was not affected); importance of religion; ; With photograph (D8497/1/22 – sound recording, 2/22 – transcript)

Chris Witts, river boat skipper: Born 24 July 1944 (50-60 years), interviewed in Longlevens by Siobhan Logue on 3 March 1999; ;  Interview covers: early memories of Hucclecote and Gloucester; lack of interest in school and development of interest in River Severn; work as a "boy" on barges carrying petroleum including first hand experience of Severn Bridge disaster, October 1960; rivalry between Cheltenham and Gloucester youths, later echoed in rivalry between Gloucester and Chelenham fire brigades when the county and district amalgamated in 1973; life as teenager; contraception; courtship of his wife; attitude to feminism and women in fire service; heart attack and resulting change of diet; work on grain barges and contrast between the river then and in earlier period; attitudes to euthanasia, religion, superstition and astrology; interest in computers; early experiences with girls (D8497/1/81 – sound recording, 2/81 – transcript)

Hartley Everett, fisherman and river barge crew member: Born 8 December 1941 (50-60 years), interviewed in Longney on 9 April 1999 by Andy Vivian;  Mr Everett's father worked on "sand suckers" [dredgers] in the Bristol channel and the family lived at Lower Framilode.   Much of this interview concerns the River Severn as a way of life and a provider of food and employment;  Interview covers: childhood memories including collecting worms for money as a child; cooking elvers and eels; brief description of home life and his mother's cooking; schooldays at the British School; work on the tankers; problems of navigating the Severn; Saturday night fights; attitude to marriage, incomers and change to community, pollution in river (D8497/1/113 – sound recording, 2/113 – transcript) 

GPS 329/35: View of Tewkesbury Quay, 1804. 

GPS/20/9: Photograph of rowing boat and steamers on the river at Ashleworth, c.1900 

GPS/20/8: Photograph of Ashleworth ferry, c.1900.  Taken from the eastern side of the river, this photograph shows the ferry and Ashleworth parish church. 

GPS/329/26: Tewkesbury, seen from the river, c.1890.  Cargo vessels brought grain to the mills at Tewkesbury; Healing’s Mill can be seen towards the left of the picture, next to the large black chimney. 

GPS/232/5: Photograph of Wainlode Hill, Norton, c.1910.  Wainlode Hill was a popular destination for day trips.  Here there is a passenger steamer moored at the side of the river, and on the left is a man with a tripod camera, about to take a picture of the view across the river. 

GPS/329/226: Photograph of Ferry and pleasure steamer at Lower Lode, Tewkesbury, c.1910.  Ferry crossings were an important part of river life.  The ferry here is transporting a pony and trap across the river.



Bridges and crossings

D1420/1: An Act for making and maintaining a Tunnel or Road under the River Severn, from the Parish of Newnham to the Parish of Arlingham, 1810  Includes plan and section of tunnel.

D4304/12: Notes on history of Newnham, by M. H. Ellis and Rev. R. Mansfield; Include references to the James family, inns, roads, etc. (index at front of notebook); descent of the manor and list of parsons, 1349-1948; photographs of Mount Severn, the Victoria Hotel, abandoned railway tunnel and Newnham from the air, 20th cent.  Photos of tunnel entrance have notes on reverse concerning tunnel's location.

D5530/3/11-12: Postcard view (colour tinted) and photograph of Severn Railway Bridge at Sharpness, c.1925  May well be the same views as many others in the GPS etc but still nice if the others are no good

D5530/3/13: Script of a radio talk on "The Opening of the Severn Railway Bridge" broadcast on West Region Home Service, with covering letter from BBC, 1948  Mentions talk of building a bridge near Aust…

GBR/L6/23/B5439: River Severn: correspondence about improvement of Severn navigation; post war ideas, 1944-47; correspondence about revival of Severn Bridge project, 1945-47  Includes map from opposition of Severn Bridge Bill 1935; bridge to be between Beachley and Aust – see D5530/3/13 etc.

TBR/B115-116: Papers concerning Severn Bridge Bill 1935.

TBR/B130: Papers concerning Severn Bridge scheme 1945-1946.

TBR/D3/1, D9/1, D53/2: Printed notices, correspondence and papers concerning building of Severn Bridge at Tewkesbury (Mythe Bridge), 1822-1850.

C/AC/C3/7/1-10: Papers concerning proposed Severn road bridge, 1935-1945, including plans, reports on bridge and barrage, papers concerning Aust ferry service etc.  Include ferry timetables, ferry traffic records, news cutting concerning barrage (to generate electricity), conflict between ferry and bridge, protection of fisheries, new road to serve bridge etc (7/1), road traffic figures, mentions of previous schemes (7.2), mention of tunnel as alternative to bridge (7/4).

C/AR/R4/7a: Leaflet on crossings of the Severn, 1968.  Good summary on Westgate and other bridges but does not mention Severn bridge.

D6822/95, 101: Notes and news cuttings on Severn tunnel and Aust ferry; mention of revival of barrage scheme in 1987 (Severn railway tunnel at or near New Passage, still extant; the tunnel at Newnham is a different one).

D7602/1: Pamphlet "Severn Railway Bridge, a collection of papers" containing copies of reports, news cuttings and photographs, mostly concerning accidents in the 1960s. 

K1905: Collection relating to construction and opening of Severn Bridge.

C/CC/P/1: Plan showing proposed Severn Crossing, 1939.

C/CLP/P/1: Plans relating to Severn Bridge Bill, 1935-1938.

D1430b/32: Plans of proposed bridge and barrage at Aust for Severn Bridge Railway, 1872.

GPS/287/59: Photograph of Severn Railway Bridge at Sharpness, viewed from south-west with figures in foreground, c.1910.

GPS/609/9: View of Severn Railway Bridge, Sharpness. 

D9947: Project on construction of second Severn Crossing, 1993-1996.  Mostly consists of photographs.

GBR/L6/30/20: Westgate Bridge, Gloucester, c.1900.  A barge and passenger steamer can be seen passing under Westgate Bridge.  The alternative to rebuilding the bridge was to build special boats which could fit underneath it, and this is probably what happened as the bridge was never improved.

D2460/2/3/2/25: Westgate Bridge, Gloucester, 1895, with cargo steamer unable to get through because bridge is too low.  The Severn Commission was repeatedly asked by traders to improve the bridge so that larger vessels could fit through it at all times rather than just at low water levels. 

D2460/2/3/2/25: Elevations of Westgate Bridge as existing and proposed swing bridge, with plan of proposed swing bridge, c.1895.  The Severn Commission proposed replacing Westgate Bridge with a swing bridge, but the money allowed to them for improvements by the Severn Navigation Act 1890 had all been spent on other works, so the bridge remained unimproved.  It was eventually replaced by a temporary Bailey bridge in 1941, which remained in place until the new flyover was built. 

GPS/210/2: Photograph of Maisemore Bridge, c.1910.  The double arches of bridges like this could be difficult for larger vessels to negotiate, particularly in poor weather. 

D2460 3/3/2/6: Perspective view and chart showing proposed bridge across the Severn at Aust, by Thomas Fulljames, nd [1840s].  This bridge, which made use of rock formations in the riverbed for its piers, was never built.  The Severn Railway Bridge was built thirty years later, further upstream at Sharpness.



Flooding

D2426/A7: Rough account book with memoranda: Contains details of produce, timber, animals etc. sold to individuals, addresses given; Memoranda at back include useful names and addresses, vetinerary remedies, notes on estate business including tree planting, 1903-1909; major floods of river Severn, 1901-1940  Dates and high water levels given, with news cutting.

D6224/2/4/32: Various subjects, including: re-development of pre-fab estate, Tuffley; proposed introduction of forty tonne lorries [see also D6224/1/10 and 3/2/7]; ski slope at Gloucester country club; proposed Severn barrage; opening times of public conveniences; abandoned shopping trolleys; docks development; cathedral trail.  Only a small amount of information, dated 1977.

GBR/L6/23/B5387: Severn barrage: correspondence about report of Technical Advisory Panel to Minister of Fuel and Power, 1944; project revived in 1980.  Includes plans

D272/1/10: Gloucestershire Court of Sewers: General minutes; Includes order to Frampton on Severn, Arlingham, Fretherne and Saul to make a return of lands liable to flooding, [no details] 1661 [order on f27d, 2 November 1661, on f38d note that returns are "in file of papers", 29 November 1661 – no other details given]; note of wet weather 1661; petition by Mayor and people of Berkeley against building a turning bridge in Berkeley Haven, 1661/2; new through ordered at Pool ditch, between Slimbridge and Hamfallow, 1663.  Lots of references to "saving the Country from drowning."

D272/10: Surveys of the River Severn giving names of owners and occupiers of land on both sides of the river, including the distance of bank/sea wall each had to repair, 17th-19th centuries; go with D272/9, maps of the river.

GBR/L6/23/B3733: Papers concerning emergency measures during Severn floods, March 1947. 

TBR/B144: Report by River Severn Catchment Board on serious floods of 1947, with correspondence, 1947.  Includes recommendation against building on flood plain.

P18/IN1/1: Parish register of Arlingham: includes mentions of floods back to 1483.

P30/IN1/1: Parish register of Awre: includes mention of tidal flood, 1737 (p506).

P136/IN1/5: Baptism register of Elmore: at end: long description of flood of river Severn in 1770.

P222/VE2/1: Moreton Valence vestry minutes: reference to repairs to Severn bank at Epney, 1864.

P222/OV2/1: Moreton Valence overseers' accounts: payment "towards ye Cribs at Severn", 1670.

P228/IN3/2: Newnham: copy of brief for rebuilding church in 1755, including description of damage done by the Severn.

P271/IN1/1: Parish register of Rockhampton: includes notes of flooding of Severn, 1607, 1636, 1688.

P271/CW2/1: Rockhampton churchwardens' accounts: includes note of Severn flood, 1704.



The Severn Bore

D1914/1: Draft description and observations on the Severn bore by an anonymous writer, undated.  It mentions the custom at Gloucester of throwing dogs in the river "to observe their howling and distress."  From a comment on the bore on the River Humber this name was evidently not applied to the Severn at the time of writing; 24 pp, nd [mid 18th century].

D10944: Photograph of the Severn Bore at Minsterworth, nd [pre-1964].

D6035/3/18: Notes on the Severn Bore, [mid-20th century].  Notes on occurrences on the Bore, with figures and diagrams and Citizen cutting of photo of Bore at Maisemore in 1965.



Maps and charts

D6/E4: Survey of Certain Estates belonging to Benjamin Hyett Esq. in the County of Gloucester", 1780: volume containing maps and terriers by John Merrett, surveyor. Parchment volume with plans of varying scales, with shaded contours, perspective (largely conventional) buildings, land use indicated by colouring plus field names, acreage, land use, value per acre and total value, with some memoranda.  Very fine penwork cartouches, simple compass roses, boats (of different types) marked on R. Severn.

D5555/3/2: Copy of late 16th century chart showing Severn Estuary from Cardiff to Epney, including Cone Pill, Woolaston; typed copy of article in the 'Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society' Vol. LXVI relating to the building of ships at Cone Pill, and especially the building of the "St. David", 1665-67; photograph of drawing of the "St. David", 1675 (original in the National Maritime Museum).

D1245/F78: Printed and coloured map of River Severn from Gloucester to Stourport, 1837. 

D2460/2/3/2/45: Map showing the Severn Navigation and its connections, 1892.  The River Severn joined with many waterways along its length; the “improved” section alone, between Stourport-on-Severn and Gloucester, had junctions with five navigations, most of them leading to the industrial Midlands.  This map shows all the locks and bridges on the improved section, together with information on whether the bridges could open to allow larger vessels to pass through. 



Fishing

D2426/T7: Leases of fishing in river Leadon and river Severn in Maisemore and Churcham, 1650-1771.  Describes extent of fishery.

D2426/E8/4: Fishing rights in the river Severn [see also D2426/T7]: file presumably kept by estate agent A. W. Eels; Includes: plan showing fishery, 1914; correspondence about purchase of Newark Fishery, 1915-1923; papers concerning increase of salmon fishing licences, 1933; papers concerning opposition to Parliamentary bill to build bridge over Severn, 1936.  Information about fishing licences, disputes etc.  Includes three letters from the same person, each in a different hand – presumably he couldn't write and got other people to write for him.

D5412/I/3: Papers and map relating to case (heard at Dursley County Court) of alleged salmon poaching in the River Severn at Waveridge Sand opposite Gatcombe in a fishery owned by the Berkeley Estate, 1947-1957. 

D5576/1/22: Draft lease by Bledisloe Estate of fishing in the River Severn from 650 "putchers" near Lydney Pill, 1974-1975  Includes photocopy maps marked to show position of putchers/fishery; solicitor's suggested amendments.

D6059/1: Account book and stock book of James Andrews of 50 Westgate Street, Gloucester, rag merchant and general dealer; At back reversed; account of rag and bone stock-in-trade, 1847; transcripts taken from work of historians such as Samuel Rudder and Sir Robert Atkins concerning history of Gloucestershire, particularly Gloucester, interspersed with James Andrews' own observations, c.1864; James Andrews' notes on fish in the river Severn, the opening of the Gloucester-Berkeley canal and the use of vessels called "back doormen" before the canal existed, c.1864; James Andrews' draft will, 1880. 

D10452: Photographs of elver and salmon fishing on the River Severn, 1930s. See also D4764 for another photo of man with salmon in putcher.

Q/RF: Certificates for ‘privileged engines’ for salmon fishing in the Severn and Wye, with maps showing locations, 1866-1869.

D9153: Severn Fishery Board: Printed records including instructions to the water bailiffs affecting the Severn Fishery District, 1884; Severn Fishery Board annual reports 1891-1934; annual reports and accounts 1933-1949.



Views of the river

D4764/7/3: Views of the river Severn and surrounding countryside, painted by Miss Bruton of Thornbury: including Sedbury cliff, the Severn bank at Shepperdine, designs for bridges (one at Aust copied from Fulljames) and salmon fishing putcher.

GPS/40/1: View of river Severn from pier at Beachley, c.1920.