The Lee Navigation – Rammey Marsh and Waltham Abbey

The lock and 1835 iron bridge at Rammey Marsh. This section of the Lee Navigation was the last to be constructed outside of London, and the date on Rammey Marsh bridge gives the date of completion. It replaced the entire river section from Enfield to Waltham Abbey. Rammey Marsh is the second of two partially mechanised locks on the navigation […]

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The Lee Navigation – Brimsdown to Enfield Lock

The noted covered wharf at Brimsdown – the only example left in London on a through waterway. The Lee Navigation (actually as the Enfield Mill Stream/Turkey Brook) gently winds a bit for a change. Its difficult to avoid the industry along the entire length from Ponders End to Enfield – unless one hides the factories behind trees! The winding course […]

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The Lee Navigation – Picketts, Ponders & the Turkey Brook

Picketts Lock looking down the navigation towards Edmonton Picketts Lock is the first of the manual locks on the Lee Navigation – and what a big lock it is! It was improved along with all the others as far as Ponders End to enable barges of up to 130 tons to reach Enfield. Unlike the others, it didnt recieve an […]

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The Lee Navigation – Through Tottenham and Edmonton

The River Lea continues from Springfield Park past moored boats belonging to the local marina and the remnants of industry that gave the navigation some of its work. New housing around Ferry Lane has given the waterway a different chracter. At Tottenham locks the River Lea departs from the navigation into what can only be described as an ugly concrete […]

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The Lee Navigation – Hackney Canal & Springfield

The River Lea leaves the navigation at this point. As one’s boat enters Old Ford locks, technically they are on a canal. This was known sometimes as the Hackney canal (or Hackney Navigation Cut). From here to Hertford its 24 miles – 19 miles of which is actually a canal. Sometimes the navigation has stretches of canal that do take […]

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An introduction to the Lee Navigation (River Lea)

The Lee Navigation was actually built in stages from the 1600’s to the Mid 1800’s, with the main body of the work being undertaken in the 1770’s to build new lengthy canal sections to shorten the route between the Thames and Hertford The River Lea rises near Luton, and for the first part of its course to the Thames, it […]

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The Kensington Canal – West Brompton to Olympia

View looking from the bridge at West Brompton to Earls Court exhbition centre two. The interesting aspect of this picture is the railway bounday as indicated by the fencing on the left. This was the full width of the Kensington canal’s land. The large building on the extreme left is the Empress State building There’s no mistaking this building! This […]

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The Kensington Canal – Lots Road to West Brompton

The council highways depot off Lots Road, built on the canal’s former alignment. The space between warehouses and railway (on far left) was the full width of the Kensington canal, around 100ft of it. However it was a tidal stretch and lots of mud was the rule rather than the exception. One of the major problems the canal faced was […]

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The Kensington Canal – West London’s navigation

The opening of the Regents Canal in 1820 and its success led the way for a canal to be built in Kensington. Lord Kensington desired that Counter’s Creek (mainly a backwater for carrying sewerage into the Thames) was made navigable it would bring new trade to Kensington as well as new sources of income for Lord Kensington. Contracts for the […]

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The Isle Of Dogs (or City) Canal

The canal by where Canary Wharf now stands The Isle of Dogs canal as it was popularly known, was the third canal to be built in London following the Limehouse Cut of 1770 and the Grand Junction’s Paddington Arm of 1801. The City of London Corporation’s West India Docks Act of 1799 permitted the construction of a canal across the […]

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