We left Tewksbury Lock and down by Healings old disused Flour Mill. it is a great shame that the two old mills here are not utilised for anything. We had a walk around Tewksbury as far as the Abbey last evening and saw Abbey Mill which has been refurbished for partly residential use with a cafe on the ground floor.
This lovely mill also stands empty and unloved. Does anyone know what the heavy cast iron bell like things each side of the bridge may have been? There are many interesting old timber framed buildings in Tewksbury, this is a typical example, the Olde Black Bear looking particularly beautiful with it’s colourful hanging baskets.
After a rather breezy three hour journey down the Severn we arrived at Gloucester Lock entrance having phoned ahead to notify the Lockkeeper of our arrival, accompanied by two other narrow boats. A boat was in the lock to come up-river, so we all hung on the wall until we got the green light to enter. We were quite relieved when we finally got into the lock as the last few days on the rivers have been rather a rather blustery experience.
Hooray, safely moored up on the Gloucester Dock pontoons on a lovely sunny afternoon. There is plenty of activity here with restaurants shops and gongoozlers, including plenty of seagulls. Our daughter called in with our little grandson for tea. it was nice to catch up on the cuddles again.