Ockham Mill and Ada Lovelace – worlds first computer programmer

I wrote this about 10 years ago for the internet. Here it is once again published for #AdaLovelaceDay Astute readers may notice a connection with Little Venice even though I havent exactly mentioned it here 🙂 Ockham is a village in Surrey, England. Just off the A3 London to Guildford road. It was originally known as Bocheham (Domesday Book of 1086.) […]

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Quietway for Paddington – Little Venice – West Drayton

Quietways are in the pipeline for London’s canals. Consultation on the section from Camden to Little Venice has already been undertaken. I do not know when this will be introduced or what the next steps are for this. The next stage towards West Drayton is now coming up for planning and introduction. Canal & River Trust propose to hold a series […]

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Maida Hill tunnel open to canoes for trial period

Maida Hill tunnel open to canoes for trial period until March 2017. Previously the tunnel has been listed as one of those which canoes, kayaks etc have been banned from. The entire CRT page on the matter is published below: Here’s a link to the CRT page if anyone wants a gander at the real thing 🙂

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Croydon Canal at ‘Norwood’


A rare colour print was for sale on EBay recently. It shows the Croydon Canal in 1828 – the location is described as Norwood. The artist was George Johann Scharf, a Bavarian who moved to London in 1816. The previous depictions of Scharf’s picture are shown as a pencil drawing. Crop from Scharf’s ‘Croydon Canal at Norwood’ 1828 Some say […]

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Federico Lloveras Herrera’s Little Venice


This weekend tweets have been doing the rounds re Federico Lloveras Herrera’s artwork depicting Little Venice. The painting was sold at the De Vuyst ‘Old Masters, Modern & Contemporary Art’ auction in 2013. Its a lovely painting that was done during a very important interim period at Little Venice, as will be explained below.   Theres two bits of important […]

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Regent’s Canal 200th Anniversary

The Regent’s Canal celebrated its 200th Anniversary this month. Its a partial anniversary as the full canal did not open until 1820. 1816 was the year the Regent’s Canal opened from Paddington to the top of the locks Camden. This was somewhat later than the promoters had hoped, due to considerable difficulties in building the canal especially its two tunnels […]

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Surrey Iron Railway pages added

The Surrey Iron Railway pages have now been added. This,with the McMurrays canal feature, covers the history and route of one of the earliest public railways between the River Thames and Croydon. SiR 1 – McMurrays Canal SiR 2 – Surrey Iron Railway SiR 3 – Through Wandsworth SiR 4 – Wandsworth to Earlsfield SiR 5 – Summerstown to New […]

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Canal updates – Little Venice/Paddington/Lisson Grove


The following is from the local politicians on issues related to the canal. Little Venice Canal area  We have asked the Canal & River Trust to investigate this issue; “What has happened to Little Venice Canal at Paddington Basin? Even the ducks have abandoned the green slime that has engulfed the entire basin. Can we please have a longer term […]

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