The Old Passage at Aust
Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus
Medium: Ink wash on paper
A view in ink of the Old Passage on the River Severn at Aust, Gloucestershire, taken from the New Passage. In the late 18th century there were two river crossings at Aust, near Bristol: the Old Passage to Beachley in the parish of Tidenham, Gloucestershire for travellers to the Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the upper part of Monmouthshire; and the New Passage from Redwick to Port Skewith (Portskewett) in Monmouthshire for travellers to Cardiff, Caerleon, Pontypool and other parts of South Wales. In the 1790s the price of passage for a four-wheeled carriage was ten shillings and five shillings for a two-wheeled carriage. A man and horse could cross for one shilling.