Brockweir Quay History

Brockweir Quay was the last tidal quay for boats travelling up the Wye.  Beyond here the water was too shallow for the large trows from Bristol.  Many of the wharves were constructed of timber and have not survived. In the 18th and 19th centuries, produce from Herefordshire was brought on barges to Brockweir and iron and timber came from the Forest of Dean.  Goods were transferred onto the large trows for transport to Bristol.  Before steam power, the barges were pulled back upstream by teams of men called bow hauliers.  Records show that in the 18th and 19th centuries, almost all the inhabitants of Brockweir were employed on the river.
Historically, Brockweir was the busiest quay on the Wye, where cargo was transferred between sea-going ships and river-going barges and trows.    Also, it was a major ship building port.  Between the 16th and 19th centuries, Brockweir was a notoriously rowdy place full of dockers, sailors and bargemen.


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