Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 5 – Ladbroke Grove to Little Venice
The former Porta Bella dock, now another of those useless water features that people seem to like turning canals into. Whats all this talk of ‘restoration’ when this happens?
Houses in Harrow Road whose backs are right on the canal’s edge. These are the only such examples left on London’s waterways.
New flats by Harrow Road. Very little left in terms of old buildings on this final stretch towards Little Venice
Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower dominates the skyline from afar. Both tower and disued chimney frames the wildlife section of the Meanwhile Gardens that are an asset to the Golborne Road area. The gardens were established on derelict land in the 1970’s
The 31 storey Trellick Tower was designed not by Auric Goldfinger but by Ernő Goldfinger. It was opened in 1972, and its unqiue style has made it a Grade II listed building. More information on Wikipedia. This part of the world becomes the focus of the Notting Hill Carnival every August and the floats can be seen preparing for the start of their tour around the carnival’s ciricuit from Golborne Road
More flats by the canal besides Meanwhile Gardens, approaching Westbourne Park. Small basins for residential boats thoughtfully provided.
Westbourne Park bridge with Trellick Tower behind and Grand Union Pub on right
The M40 Westway flyover
Tower blocks and flats galore on the approach to Little Venice
Harrow Road bridge. Originally known as Westbourne Green bridge when the canal was built
The canal by St Mary Magdalene Church, between Harrow Road and Delamere Terrace
Sunset over the Toll House at Delamere Terrace, with St Mary Magdalene’s silhouetted
The Blue Lamp bridge. This came from a film of the same name. Its actually called Westbourne Terrace bridge
Paddington Arm pages: Paddington 1 Bulls Bridge to Northolt / Paddington 2 Northolt to Horsenden / Paddington 3 Alperton to Acton Lane / Paddington 4 Harlesden to Kensal Green / Paddington 5 Ladbroke Grove to Little Venice