County Council (Unitary)
Swindon Borough Council
SE213213 (421333, 199333)
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The site of Lechlade river port, in operation between the 16th to mid 19th century. The main wharves and warehouses were all built in the mid 17th century, including the old Wharf at the end of Wharf Lane, and the Bell and Red Lion wharves, named from inns in the High Street and later forming part of a complex of wharves and warehouses called Free Wharf and Parkend Wharf. Trade was increased by the diversion of Severn traffic during the Napoleonic wars, and by the opening in 1789 of the Thames and Severn Canal when the principal cargoes were coal moving west to east and grain westward to Brimscombe port. Cheese also retained its importance. Trade on the river declined after the mid 19th century, due to competition from the railways and the almost unnavigable state of the Thames below Lechlade.
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