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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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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Aickman in Gower Street

Robert Fordyce Aickman was instrumental in setting up the IWA (Inland Waterways Association) at Gower Street, WC1E 6HB. On Aickman’s 101st birthday in 2016 a plaque was put on the wall of his London home. David Suchet (TV’s Poirot) unveiled the plaque donated by the IWA. As well as being a waterways campaigner Aickman was a noted author who specialised […]

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Ockham Mill and Ada Lovelace – worlds first computer programmer

I wrote this about 10 years ago for the internet. Here it is once again published for #AdaLovelaceDay Astute readers may notice a connection with Little Venice even though I havent exactly mentioned it here 🙂 Ockham is a village in Surrey, England. Just off the A3 London to Guildford road. It was originally known as Bocheham (Domesday Book of 1086.) […]

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Croydon Canal at ‘Norwood’

A rare colour print was for sale on EBay recently. It shows the Croydon Canal in 1828 – the location is described as Norwood. The artist was George Johann Scharf, a Bavarian who moved to London in 1816. The previous depictions of Scharf’s picture are shown as a pencil drawing. Crop from Scharf’s ‘Croydon Canal at Norwood’ 1828 Some say […]

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Federico Lloveras Herrera’s Little Venice

This weekend tweets have been doing the rounds re Federico Lloveras Herrera’s artwork depicting Little Venice. The painting was sold at the De Vuyst ‘Old Masters, Modern & Contemporary Art’ auction in 2013. Its a lovely painting that was done during a very important interim period at Little Venice, as will be explained below.   Theres two bits of important […]

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Regent’s Canal 200th Anniversary

The Regent’s Canal celebrated its 200th Anniversary this month. Its a partial anniversary as the full canal did not open until 1820. 1816 was the year the Regent’s Canal opened from Paddington to the top of the locks Camden. This was somewhat later than the promoters had hoped, due to considerable difficulties in building the canal especially its two tunnels […]

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Is Londonist’s canal knowledge spot on?

Londonist published a feature (8 August 2016) extolling the virtues of Paddington, including trains, bears, and canals – exactly what one expects to find in the area! 😉 It mentions Paddington Basin as a branch of the Regent’s Canal…. Many would say that’s a mistake as it’s a branch off the Grand Union Canal. Hmmmmm….. It’s indeed not a Regent’s […]

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