Up until the 18th century vessels have traded on the River Severn up as far as Pool Quay, near Welshpool. During the mid 19th century the river was canalised with the building of locks and weirs.
Stourport on Severn was the furthest town that vessels could trade to then, with a variety of products from petrol to timber being carried there. Further down the river, the towns of Worcester, Tewkesbury and Gloucester had regular traders, carrying grain, oil, timber, etc.
All this river traffic came to an abrupt end in the 1970s’, with the exception of the Allied Mills grain barge fleet. Even they were laid up in the 1980s!
In the early part of 1993 it was decided to take the fleet of barges to Gloucester and have them surveyed with a view to sending them around to another mill on the east coast belonging to Allied Mills.
This film tells that story and the sudden change of events ……………
JUST AS THE FIRST FILM WAS MADE, EVENTS TOOK A DRAMATIC TURN, MAKING IT NECESSARY TO FILM THE SECOND PART OF THE FEATURE.
Watch history in the making. Two films made into one!