Over Basin Over Restoration
Over Canal Basin and The Wharf House are located on the west bank of the River Severn on the outskirts of Gloucester, turn off the A40 at the traffic lights 250 yards west of Over roundabout (junction of A40/A417) – grid reference SO816197.
The site is on land of the former Over Isolation Hospital. The Trust’s interests began in 1993 when the Local Health Authority proposed to sell the land for development purposes. First clearance work on site began in February 1998. Later in the year work started on excavating the Basin, which had been filled in when the hospital was built in 1903.
The Over Basin Project was completely in 2½ years at approximately 10% of a contractors price £500,000. This was used as a case study at the World Canals Conference 2000 in New York State to demonstrate the power of not-for-profit commercial partnerships.
Work has continued at Over with the building of The Wharf House and more recently the restoration of the next length of Canal at Vineyard Hill.
To learn more about the Heritage boats, and our trip boat, Mister Maysey that are moored at Over Basin please click.
Interested in helping at Over Basin?
Public Access: Over Basin offers pleasant towpath and riverside walks.
The Wharf House is open daily for refreshments and pop into our Visitor Centre.