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Lydney Docks in the 1920s.

barges at Lydney Docks

Peter added: "... "My grandmother Frances Essex is seen here on an unidentified boat in Lydney Harbour next to her brother Art Sterrey who worked there. Perhaps somebody can recognise the other two men. I'm thinking they may be members of the Gardiner family or at any rate other dock workers".
"The photo appears to have been taken at high tide as the outer lock gates onto the Severn are open and the water appears smooth all the way across. The old No. 9 coal tip (coal wagon tipper) is in the background and the two railway wagons next to it are an interesting reminder of Forest industry. The one nearer the tip says "Princess Royal". The one nearer the camera says "Crump." It may help to date the photo that Crump Meadow Colliery closed in 1929 although the Princess Royal carried on into the 1960s. Frances and Art were born in 1888 and 1886 respectively. I'd say that the photo was taken in the late 1920s."

Marine Historian Paul Barnett added: "... - the vessel I believe to be the Edith ... that is a very rare shot of the helm of Edith - her steel cowling lays at Purton ... ".

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