Kensington’s lock house

A quick post! The Library Time Machine – RBKC’s local archives centre’s blog recently published this excellent post on the Kensington Canal only lock house which was sited near the end of the canal at Olympia. There are many pics I have not seen despite covering the subject some years ago. Link to the blog is given below: Forgotten buildings: […]

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Go Boats and the River Brent

GoBoats are saying hirers will be able to reach the River Brent. I dont know how they envisage this. The Brent at that location is one of the most difficult waterways in London to even try accessing! GoBoats must have looked at the map and said there’s the River Brent – it intersects with the canal. Looks nice and tempting. […]

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Canalway Cavalcade 2017 Day #1

A quick post as already done one this eve re the Floating Pocket Park! Here’s a selection of pics from the first day of the Bank Holiday weekend festival at Little Venice. The first pic is six narrow boats all meeting in the pool – all going different ways – good job someone decided to put that boat roundabout there! […]

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Divers at Floating Pocket Park

General view of the Floating Park Saturday 29 April 2017 Sign warning of divers at work! Divers were at the Floating Pocket Park this weekend, on what is clearly a difficult job. Getting the modular pontoon floats in position ready to be pulled underwater. Their task is to place more pontoon floats underneath those already in place, to force the […]

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Floating Pocket Park progress

Several days ago I wrote of the Floating Park in Paddington – that there seemed to be some issues with the pontoons & weight mass which was causing everything to go uneven. I revisited the basin this evening and it seems some of the problems have been sorted although barely any part of the floating park is level still. Barely […]

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A floating mess at Paddington?

General view of the uncompleted floating gardens looking towards Edgware Road. In September last year plans were announced for London’s first Floating Gardens to be based on the canal in Paddington right by where the basin meets Edgware Road. Have you heard about the plans for a floating garden on the canal at Paddington Basin? https://t.co/U1EXjPutzJ pic.twitter.com/1S4lQIIPMX — Merchant Square […]

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Tweets on Paddington’s Floating Pocket Park

Have you heard about the plans for a floating garden on the canal at Paddington Basin? https://t.co/U1EXjPutzJ pic.twitter.com/1S4lQIIPMX — Merchant Square (@merchantsqevent) September 9, 2016 Setting up for @BelgraveComms second exhibition of the week. This one is a floating garden in the Paddington Basin pic.twitter.com/nq1LvnRx6L — Nick Dines (@NickDines78) September 14, 2016 London's first floating park plans approved https://t.co/TFzjXut4ok — […]

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The Grosvenor Canal in the 1850’s

I love this tweet! It shows the old Grosvenor Canal at its fullest extent from the Thames to Pimlico Wharf (where Victoria Bus station today stands.) Buckingham Palace and environs 1851 (taken from a balloon view Guildhall) Note the Grosvenor Basin Thames water course, now @NetworkRailVIC pic.twitter.com/D9cwMR6YNt — OldLondonNow (@oldlondonnow) February 5, 2017 Another waterway on show is the River […]

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Browning never dreamt up ‘Little Venice’

The Robert Browning/Little Venice thingy is a myth that’s been too long perpetuated. Any poet needing credit it should be Lord Byron but that was only the word ‘Venice’ for the canals in London’s W2 and W9. Anyone (inc Canal & River Trust) who claim Browning coined the name Little Venice are just so wrong. Its what these days one […]

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