In the Early nineteenth century, Gloucester dock gates were closed on Sunday and the handling of cargo was forbidden. As the clothes of the sailors were considered to be unsuitable for wearing in the city churches, a church for visiting sailors was built by public subscription by the traders in the docks. It was opened for worship in 1849 and became very fashionable with the towns people who attended in large numbers. The chaplain became responsible for visiting every ship in Gloucester docks and distributed bibles.
Other attractions in the docks include the National Waterways Museum, The Regimental Museum as well as shops, bars and restaurants.
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