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A brief history of Gloucester Docks

May 4, 2020 3:45 pm

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If you have recently moved to Park Homes Gloucestershire way such as those available at http://www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/orchard-park/ you might be wondering about local places to visit. Gloucester Docks is one of the city’s biggest shopping and eating quarters and it boasts a magnificent history.

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The ship canal was formally opened in 1827 and it created an easy route for ships to skip past the winding part of the River Severn that proved troublesome. It helped to make Gloucester an inland port that allowed for goods to be transported up the river and then offloaded into the docks for transporting around the country.

During its heyday the docks was awash with narrow boats, steam boats, sailing ships and barges carrying everything from people traveling to the area right though to grain, flour and other items that were then used in the warehouses located along the dock front. It provided work for hundreds of people and brought in trade and export opportunities to Gloucester.

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The docks is now the location of the out of town shopping mall and leisure quarter as well as blocks of prestigious flats. It has also been used as a setting for many films including ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass.’

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