Aust, Old Passage House near Thornbury - Gloucestershire
Artist and engraver: Hassell, J.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of the Old Passage House at Aust, on the banks of the River Severn. Between Beachley and Aust was a well known route across the River Severn for hundreds of years. It was called the Old Passage to distinguish it from the a rival ferry service, the New Passage. Daniel Defoe, who was here in the early 18th century, commented 'There is also a little farther, an ugly, dangerous, and very inconvenient ferry over the Severn, to the mouth of Wye; namely, at Aust; the badness of the weather, and the sorry boats, at which, deterr'd us from crossing there'.