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I found this account of Saul Junction fascinating. At about the time that this was written, I was the section clerk employed by British Waterways, based at the little brick built building on the water's edge at the Junction. Living at Framilode, I cycled to work along the StroudWater towpath, to the annoyance of the above mentioned Lenny Pockett who repeatedly threatened to report me for not having the requisite permit. His wife kept the post office at Framilode, an evil smelling cottage lit solely by oil lamps.

We lived adjacent, in  the "Long Row", a row of cottages built to house canal company employees.

My first job, when the section inspector, Cyril Nash, was absent, was to bait my fishing line and retire to my office where I could both keep a look out of him and and an eye on my float.Dr. Boultbee was our doctor too; imagine today one's GP calling in for a cup of tea.

On virtually my first day there, in ?1961, a fire  devastated Bob Davis's boatyard. Commercial  traffic then was the raison d' for the G&S canal's existence with  the oil tankers of John Harker and coastal  vessels plying  up and down, bound  for Gloucester Docks and Diglis depot Worcester.

There was, and probably remains today, a great spirit of comradeship among all canal users, whether boat dwellers or employees. I spent three very happy years there, meeting my future wife there.

Many of the BW workers were 3rd generation employees; in fact  one, I believe a Bill Deacon, whose job was to cycle daily from Sharpness to Gloucester, inspecting the canal banks for damage, could trace his ancestry back to the original 18th C. canal builders.

I hope  that these brief notes adds something to the writer's account.

 

By Peter Hayes
On 01/07/2014

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