The Fleet River from Baggnige Wells to Kings Cross Bridge

In nearby Frederick Street, just off Kings Cross Road, is this small community gardens set in a depression. Its pretty obvious this was once the bed of the river itself The Fleet River now flows in its ‘sewer’ from Cubitt Street to Grays Inn Road, where it turns to cross over the underground railway line to Kings Cross. Originally it […]

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The Fleet River from Mount Pleasant to Baggnige Wells

At one time the Fleet river gently meandered between Mount Pleasant and Baggnige Wells. However by 1830 its course had been straightened out and that alignment now forms a large part of the alignment of Phoenix Place and Pakenham Street, and it is this alignment along which the Fleet Sewer now runs. There are clues as to the river’s existence […]

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The Fleet’s course from Farringdon to Mount Pleasant

Past Onslow Street the river headed across Clerkenwell Road northwards towards Ray Street. Much confusion over the Fleet’s alignment arises because of the massive changes to the valley as a result of the building and presence of the Metropolitan/Circle lines in the area. Many people think the railway was built in the bed of the Fleet River, whilst others assume […]

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Croydon Canal Maps 2

4) Sydenham to Anerley 5) Anerley to Selhurst 6) Selhurst to West Croydon THE CROYDON CANAL PAGES: hatcham / new cross / barriedale / shardeloes rd / brockley / honor oak / boveney rd / davids rd / forest hill / sydenham / dacres wood / venner rd / penge / anerley / betts park / norwood / towpath way […]

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Croydon Canal Maps 1

1) New Cross to Brockley 2) Brockley to Honor Oak 3) Honor Oak to Sydenham The maps continue next page THE CROYDON CANAL PAGES: hatcham / new cross / barriedale / shardeloes rd / brockley / honor oak / boveney rd / davids rd / forest hill / sydenham / dacres wood / venner rd / penge / anerley / […]

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The Croydon Canal 20) Route Maps

These maps are approximate. The actual canal route might vary slightly! These Croydon Canal maps are not scale representations of the canal’s former route. They are just approximate indications of the old canal alignment. More detailed maps can be found in the local library archive centres at Croydon and other places en route THE MAPS: Page one covers: new cross~brockley […]

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The Croydon Canal 19) The former canal terminus basin site at West Croydon

From Spurgeons Bridge, the canal swept round to the left in this deep cutting, said at the time to be beautifully turfed, to enter the terminal basin at West Croydon. The right hand side of this approach was used for stabling trains operating the Southern railway’s abortive overhead eletrification scheme of the early 20th Century, and the surplus track on […]

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The Croydon Canal 18) The Bird in Hand and the walkway to Spurgeons Bridge

The Bird in Hand must be the only remaining hostelry in London that no longer has a canal whose boatmen it could serve! This is the footpath that parallels the railway towards West Croydon. It must owe its origins to the canal which once ran along here. It is possible that the towpath afforded a popular route in this area […]

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The Croydon Canal 17) Norwood Junction to Gloucester Road (and site of summit locks)

The start of the canal’s summit level was located on Croydon Common where two locks were supplemented by a pumping engine. The entire area is now the railway junction between the London Bridge and the East Croydon/West Croydon lines This mural is under Portland Bridge, and depicts a canal scene of sorts. Below: From the steps up to the station, […]

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The Croydon Canal 16) Penge Road and South Norwood Lake

The street layout of Norwood has its origins in the lengthy canal loop here. The village was built around the canal and the present arrangement reflects the canal route strongly This is about the third lot of flats that we have seen built on or alongside the canal’s alignment. Whist there does not seem to be any reason that this […]

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