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 Grosvenor Canal

The former canal route from the Thames to Victoria The Grosvenor Canal was the shortest canal built in London. Its no longer in use, simply being a water feature nowadays than a working canal. It was built by the Chelsea Waterworks Company, whose premises were situated by the River Thames at Pimlico. The remaining waterworks building, known as the Western […]

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The Grand Surrey – The Peckham branch & canal wharves

The route to Peckham was added as an afterthought, and was the last bit of the Surrey Canal ever to be built. Its probably the most delightful part of the Grand Surrey’s remnants. The branch is virtually complete and has bridges and retaining walls. The only things missing are the towpath (which ran on the west side) and the actual […]

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The Grand Surrey Canal – It’s bridges and buildings

Oxestall Road bridge. The last bridge ever to be built over the Grand Surrey Canal. The bridge and surrounding estate were built in the 1960’s, when the canal was still working. Being just down the canal from its entrance lock, the bridge had the honour of seeing the last boats on the canal in 1970 Blackhorse Bridge. This side is […]

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The Grand Surrey’s junctions & and place names

The Surrey Canal’s junctions Two junctions existed on the canal, connecting the Peckham and ‘Croydon’ sections. The junctions did not appear to have any official names. The one with the Croydon has been called Hatcham Junction but it is not known if this was used when the Croydon Canal was extant, as no map from the 19th Century shows that […]

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The Grand Surrey Canal – To Old Kent Road and Camberwell

From Ilderton Road to the Old Kent Road there isnt really anything to see of the canal’s route as the route is occupied by warehouses and various industries These houses at Varcoe Road, just off Ilderton Road, are actually built on the canal’s alignment The PC World on the Old Kent Road stands on the canal’s course A look back […]

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Along the Grand Surrey route – Plough Lane to Surrey Canal Road

Council estates were built in the 1960’s around the canal, which at that time was still busy at work as far as the Old Kent Road Back to the course of the Grand Surrey Canal! This is a view from Plough Lane looking south along the canal’s infilled, but still present, alignment towards the Pepys Estate. Many of the modern […]

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The Grand Surrey – Greenland Dock and drop down lock – start of the canal

The former entrance to the Grand Surrey Canal. The very tall building, known as Eddystone Tower which stands along the canal’s alignment at the Pepys Estate in Deptford can be seen above the rooftops. Directly beneath it amidst the fencing stands the Canal Office Machinery formerly used to operate the Grand Surrey’s lockgates In 2008 this new development was underway. […]

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The Grand Surrey – The old canal route through the Surrey Docks

The old route from the Thames to Plough Way was taken over by the large Surrey Docks complex. The docks themselves have been redundant since the 1970’s and are mostly filled in. The original route of the Grand Surrey from the Thames to the Greenland Dock was obliterated as the expansion of the Surrey Commercial Docks progressed. However, it roughly […]

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