The winch at Lydney Docks in 1953.
Lydney Docks c.1953. Owen Hudson with Lem Gardiner operating a winch or sluice gate which may have been connected to the Lock Gates. Owen's son David Hudson is the onlooker.
Owen served as a Fireman on the Railways throughout the 50's but eventually became a Water Bailiff and Fisheries Officer
Peter Essex added (April 2008): "Can this photo be connected to Art or Bert Sterr(e)y, my relatives, who operated the lock gates at the harbour around this time? ".
Alison Badger added (June 2011): "... my father Bob Vine worked with Bert Sterry at Lydney Docks in the 1950s and early 1960s. Bert lived at 14 Ridler Road and we lived at 42 Ridler Road. Bert's son was called Gregory".
Peter Essex added (August 2012): "... Bert's father Arthur, known as Art, was my grandmother's brother. They grew up in Albert Street Lydney. By the time of the 1911 census Art with his wife Rose and infant Bert were at Station Cottage, Newnham but Art and Rose later lived at the docks. As well as the house at the docks I remember visiting the Ridler Road address at Tutnalls in the early 1950's and seeing the young Gregory in a sailor suit. Sadly Gregory died several years ago. Art died in 1952. It was at his grave in Lydney St Mary's churchyard in 2007 that I first saw confirmation of the spelling Sterrey which is still in use by Gregory's son and grandsons. Most people including me had thought it was Sterry as it is for all survivors of the tribe in Lydney bar one. It was principally Art's father Henry Sterrey my greatgrandfather who adopted the change for some unknown reason".
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