The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #3

Greenway to West Ruislip      At the Greenway is a large concrete bridge of a rather interesting but austere design. Marked by Hillingdon trail signs, the route crosses the road where one can see the bridge more clearly on the south side. The Hillingdon Trail goes north west along the Greenway, but there is an unmarked footpath that squeezes past […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip #2

Clack Lane Aqueduct to the Railway As aqueducts go, this is a bit of an odd affair. However it did carry the Ruislip canal feeder over the River Pinn. Clearly this rather elegant ‘bridge’ was meant to be functional and the canal feeder was carried on a large embankment across the Pinn valley, the bridge forming a culvert through which […]

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The Grand Junction Canal Feeder from Ruislip

Intro & the route to Clack Lane One of two major GJCCo feeders in the London area, this was one of the longest ever built. It traversed the countryside between Ruislip and Hayes The Grand Junction Canal Company built its reservoir at Park Hearn, near Ruislip in 1811. The engineer was John Rennie. The waters from the reservoir were taken […]

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The Slough arm 3

The un-numbered pipeline bridge. The conveyor belt bridge on the site of an old bridge so clearly gets number 2 The first of the three iron aqueducts. This carries the navigation over the Colne Brook. The underside of the aqueduct showing the trough carrying the water channel low-slung across the Colne Brook. Iron aqueducts are quite popular in the London […]

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The Slough arm 2

The Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal Industry on both sides near St Mary’s bridge. This is Langley Business Park. The offside is known as Marish Wharf. The canal enters the stretch that runs alongside Langley Business Park. They sponsored the creation and installation of the five mileposts to be found alongside the Slough Arm. Bridge No.8 known as […]

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The Salters Cut (Sabey’s Canal and Rickmansworth Wharf)

Salter’s Cut was a 500yd cut opened in 1804 (or 1805 as some sources claim) and served Salter & Co’s Brewery, but later also extended to serve a gravel pit (now Sabey’s Pool) and Rickmansworth Gasworks. Here we look at the lock on the branch to Sabey’s Pool and the site of Town Wharf. 1) Sabey’s Canal and lock Looking […]

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The Salters Cut (Gasworks Arm/River Chess) Rickmansworth

This was a 500yd cut opened in 1804 (or 1805 as some sources claim) and served Salter & Co’s Brewery. The firm’s director, Stephen Salter, paid for the river to be canalised. This was the course of the River Chess, deepened and widened, to permit boats to reach the brewery. Known as Salter’s Cut, invariably it was later extended to […]

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Paddington & its transport systems – 2

Paddington & its transport systems – 2 The canal – Brunel’s bridge: This was an early Brunel structure, predating the major works at Paddington Station by several years. The castings were made in Deptford and put together on site in 1838 and the structure officially opened in 1839. It was moulded within a new brickwork structure in 1906 and forgotten […]

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Paddington and its transport systems – 1

Paddington and its transport systems – 1 The building of the Grand Junction Canal between Braunston and Brentford brought the canal network to the River Thames, which in turn ran through the heart of London, giving direct access to the city’s wharves and industry. While this was intially an acceptable state of affairs, there was a desire for a direct […]

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