Geo-Trips :: Geograph's 14th birthday town walk in Gloucester

Gloucester

A walk from Westgate Street car park, Sat, 16 Mar 2019 by Rudi Winter

To celebrate Geograph's 14th birthday, a group of Geograph-ers followed Phillip Halling's call to come to Gloucester for lunch at the Fountain Inn, followed by a town walk. Phillip guided us around the cathedral precinct and the docks and treated us to his detailed and interesting commentary on all aspects of the city's history from Romans to mediaeval times to early industry.

From the pub in Westgate Street, we walked through College Court to Cathedral Close, then around the Cathedral via the Little Cloister on the north side to Miller's Green, where the Parliament Rooms and Almoner's Lodgings are located. Outside the cathedral precinct, we visited St Mary-de-Lode church and the ruins of St Oswald's Priory, then returning to Westgate Street. Walking past the Shire Hall and the former Blackfriars' Abbey, we then approached the docks with its mills and warehouses. Victoria Dock is now a popular moorings and marina, and many of the former warehouses are used as office space now. The oldest of them, North Warehouse, stands at the northern end of the Main Basin, next to Gloucester Lock, the connection to the River Severn. I discovered a working split hopper barge here, as well as an old steam crane placed in front of the warehouse to represent the machinery which would once have been operating on the quays. A walk along the Main Basin followed - at the southern end is the Mariners' Chapel and the National Waterways Museum in Llanthony Warehouse, where a steam dredger can be seen moored in the Barge Arm. After a quick sprint along the east side of Victoria Dock to catch up with the rest of the group, we met at Southgate Street beneath Kyneburgh Tower and walked back towards the city centre and St Mary-de-Crypt church and the original Crypt School. From here, it was only a short stroll past Emperor Nerva's monument and the Cross (the centre point of the city since Roman times) to the New Inn, a mediaeval inn built around a courtyard with first-floor galleries to accommodate visitors to St Peter's Abbey, where we disbanded.

Many thanks to Phillip Halling for organising this meet and for sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for history and for presenting it so well.

For a group photo from the trip, see LinkExternal link .

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SO8318 : Westgate Street, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Westgate Street, Gloucester
Gloucester's centre is arranged around The Cross, the intersection of two straight... more

SO8318 : College Court, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
College Court, Gloucester
The alleyway leads to the cathedral precinct... more

SO8318 : The Tailor of Gloucester, College Court, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
The Tailor of Gloucester, College Court, Gloucester
Display in the window of the Beatrix Potter shop and museum, based on the author's... more

SO8318 : Gloucester Cathedral and Cathedral Close by Rudi Winter
Gloucester Cathedral and Cathedral Close
There has been a church at this location since about 678, when an abbey was... more

SO8318 : Commemorative seat in Cathedral Close, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Commemorative seat in Cathedral Close, Gloucester
A small public garden has recently been established to the south of Gloucester... more

SO8318 : Gloucester Cathedral tower by Rudi Winter
Gloucester Cathedral tower
A closer look at the tower, which was added to the (then abbey) church... more

SO8318 : Gloucester Cathedral grounds by Rudi Winter
Gloucester Cathedral grounds
The path leads around the chancel of the cathedral... more

SO8318 : Little Cloister, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Little Cloister, Gloucester
The Little Cloister belongs to King's School and is adjacent to the cloisters of... more

SO8318 : Cathedral Close, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Cathedral Close, Gloucester
Church House, the timber-frame building on the right, dates back in part to the... more

SO8318 : St Mary's Gate and Almoner's Lodgings, Gloucester Cathedral by Rudi Winter
St Mary's Gate and Almoner's Lodgings, Gloucester Cathedral
St Mary's Gate gives access to Miller's Green... more

SO8218 : The Black Cat Bar, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
The Black Cat Bar, Gloucester
The function room of the Dick Whittington pub in Westgate Street. The sign on the... more

SO8218 : Coat of arms of Gloucestershire, Shire Hall, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Coat of arms of Gloucestershire, Shire Hall, Gloucester
The emblem refers to the county's traditional wool and iron industries as... more

SO8318 : Corner house, Westgate Street/College Street, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Corner house, Westgate Street/College Street, Gloucester
Bricks and timber frame.

SO8318 : "Use our loo!", Westgate Street, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
"Use our loo!", Westgate Street, Gloucester
The Gloucester Community Toilet Scheme advertising its facilities.

SO8218 : City Flour Mills, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
City Flour Mills, Gloucester
Located at the northern end of Gloucester Docks (and on Commercial Road), the City... more

SO8218 : Victoria Dock, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Victoria Dock, Gloucester
Victoria Dock was opened in 1849 after traffic had outgrown the capacity of the... more

SO8218 : Victoria Warehouse, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Victoria Warehouse, Gloucester Docks
Looking across the northwestern corner of Victoria Dock... more

SO8218 : Moorings, Victoria Dock, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Moorings, Victoria Dock, Gloucester
Primary colours abound amongst the narrowboats moored in Victoria Dock... more

SO8218 : North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
North Warehouse, Gloucester Docks
The North Warehouse is the oldest warehouse at Gloucester Docks, built in 1826,... more

SO8218 : Main Basin, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Main Basin, Gloucester Docks
The view is diagonally across the Main Basin (opened in 1827) towards the dry... more

SO8218 : Split hopper barge "Teme", Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Split hopper barge "Teme", Gloucester Docks
This is a dredging barge which would be placed alongside a floating digger... more

SO8218 : Split hopper barge "Teme", Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Split hopper barge "Teme", Gloucester Docks
This is a dredging barge which would be placed alongside a floating digger... more

SO8218 : Steam crane, North Quay, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Steam crane, North Quay, Gloucester Docks
On North Quay, in front of the North Warehouse... more

SO8218 : Steam crane (detail), North Quay, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Steam crane (detail), North Quay, Gloucester Docks
The winch set of the steam crane http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6095381 . The... more

SO8218 : Llanthony Warehouse across the Barge Arm, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Llanthony Warehouse across the Barge Arm, Gloucester Docks
Llanthony Warehouse opened in 1873 to serve the quays that had been added along... more

SO8218 : Main Basin, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Main Basin, Gloucester Docks
Looking across the Main Basin http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6095320 towards the... more

SO8218 : Alexandra Warehouse, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Alexandra Warehouse, Gloucester Docks
In the foreground is the junction of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal (left),... more

SO8218 : Steam dredger "SND No.4", Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Steam dredger "SND No.4", Gloucester Docks
One of the exhibits of the National Waterways Museum , which is based in Llanthony... more

SO8218 : Barge Arm and High Orchard Street, Gloucester Docks by Rudi Winter
Barge Arm and High Orchard Street, Gloucester Docks
Looking across the end of the Barge Arm of Gloucester Docks towards the entrance... more

SO8218 : Kyneburgh Tower, Southgate Street, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Kyneburgh Tower, Southgate Street, Gloucester
Sculpture by Tom Price, completed in 2011. The sculpture is based on the story of... more

SO8218 : Sculptures near Victoria Dock, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Sculptures near Victoria Dock, Gloucester
Wolfgang Buttress's The Candle as seen through the base of Tom Price's Kyneburgh... more

SO8318 : Crypt School, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Crypt School, Gloucester
The original building of Crypt School from 1539. The school is named after the... more

SO8318 : Robert Raikes's House, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
Robert Raikes's House, Gloucester
A timber-framed merchant's house with jettied upper floors, built in 1560, now a... more

SO8318 : Imperator Nerva, Glevum by Rudi Winter
Imperator Nerva, Glevum
Gloucester was founded in AD 48 around a Roman fort under the name of Glevum. In... more

SO8318 : New Inn, Gloucester by Rudi Winter
New Inn, Gloucester
The New Inn isn't all that new, having been built in 1450 to accommodate visitors... more

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