Payable at Brimscombe Port – Brimscombe Port Bookshop

Posted on 30. Apr, 2017 by in Charity, Environment & Nature, Featured

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Brimscombe Port – Thames & Severn Canal – April 2017. “Payable at Brimscombe Port” – the words embossed on the edge of the Thames & Severn Canal Company tokens, and which now have a fresh relevance as canal restoration heads towards Brimscombe. Anna Watts and her husband Alan have been operating a secondhand bookshop in Brimscombe to raise funds for restoration work on the Cotswold Canals for a year, and need volunteers to supplement their small team in staffing a mobile waterway bookshop at other waterway events.
Vinyl LP, 78 rpm records, DVDs, CDs and Jigsaw puzzles can be found alongside the extensive collection of books on sale at very modest prices. All of the stock has been donated, and all of the proceeds go towards canal restoration on the Cotswold Canals. The current opening times are 11am to 4pm Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

No canal tokens have been seen at the bookshop, but out of interest: The 1d (one old penny – equivalent to about 0.41p) Thames & Severn Canal Company tokens were struck in Birmingham, at a time when there was insufficient coinage in circulation in the Stroud valleys.  Most likely they were delivered to Brimscombe by canal because of the state of the local roads, and would have travelled via Wolverhampton flight (Dudley tunnel not completed at the time) and thence to Stourport and the River Severn.

Film uploaded to Cotswold Canals Trust Archive YouTube channel.

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