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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The Hertford Union (or Ducketts) Canal

A short-cut from the Regent’s to the Lea/Lee Also known as Ducketts Canal as the main text will explain. The Hertford Union is the shortest canal in the capital, and the only one that has all its locks grouped together. It forms part of the mini London canal ring. (This constitutes of a trip down to Limehouse on the Regents, […]

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The GLC’s Canal Way Project

A project initiated by the Greater London Council By 1977 the towpath had been improved in the direction of Hackney. This made a grand total of five and half miles and this became the first section of the Greater London Council’s Canal Way Parks initiatitve. The gardens at Bonner Hall bridge were also created for the scheme. However it seems […]

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London’s Canal Towpaths and their improvements – Canalway

Canalway – the background People often ask what ‘Canalway’ stands for when referring to the annual Cavalcade boating festival in London’s Little Venice each May. Canalway (or more correctly, Canal Way) is a project that began in the 1970’s with a substantial implemention of works and improvements made during the Queens Silver Jubilee 1977. This explains why the Silver Jubilee […]

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Buildings of interest near London’s Canals – Nash Villas

The Nash Villas along the Regents Canal John Nash built a lot of houses along the Regents Canal. Probably more than half of these have disapperaed. The largest estate of Nash built Houses was located at what were called the North Bank and the South Bank, sited between Lisson Grove and Park Road. Nash originally envisaged that 56 classical houses […]

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London Canals’ Archive Pictures

The ‘Old Order’ in London This page looks at some old London canal scenes. The Thames isnt actually a canal but the pics are of interest so they are included as it was an IWA cruise that was making its way to the National Waterways Rally in Osterley Park, near Brentford. 1) Little Venice & Paddington This scene from January […]

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