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aerial photograph of Gloucester Docks England UK. situated at the junction of the River Severn and the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal which was opened in 1871, Gloucester Docks is a historic part of Gloucester which was once the centre of shipping trade but in modern times has been repurposed to be a centre of retail, leisure and city living accommodation. The main basin and first of the warehouses were opened at the same time as the canal in 1827 and allowed shipping from the open sea and canal boat access to the Midlands. Parts of the TV series The Onedin Line were filmed at Gloucester Docks.