The Croydon Canal 5) From Brockley up ‘the locks’ to Honor Oak

This was the location at which the canal rose steeply on its climb to Honor Oak – no other such comparable broad canal ascent can possibly be found anywhere on the south eastern waterways. Even on other waterways those such as the famous Grand Union Canal’s Hatton flight pales into insignificance Traces of the canal route so far have been […]

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The Croydon Canal 4) Along Shardeloes Road

One of those quite rare stretches of waterway that have now become a road (this is however NOT a ‘rarity’ in London when one considers the total mileage of the Croydon, Grand Surrey, Kensington, Romford, Woolwich Arsenal canals and the Ruislip feeder that are now under tarmac) Having initially seen the block of flats from the Goldsmiths grounds at Barriedale, […]

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The Croydon Canal 3) Through Goldsmiths to Barriedale

This section of fomer canal route as far as Barriedale, is on land belonging to Goldsmiths College and is not open for public access. Permission for these pictures was sought from the Goldsmiths Estate Office. A problem with surveying the old canal route along here is the amount of spoil dumped from the adjacent railway cuttings. It leaves one having […]

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The Croydon Canal 2) The route through New Cross

The Croydon and Rotherhithe company lost its opportunity for an independent route to Rotherhithe, having to share a common route with the Grand Surrey Canal. The company at this point decided to drop the ‘Rotherhithe’ from its title to become the Croydon Canal In the years since this feature was first written, new evidence has shown that some of the […]

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The Croydon Canal 1) The junction with the Grand Surrey Canal near Hatcham

In the begining plans for the canal anticipated a connection with the Thames, thus it was known officially as the Croydon and Rotherhithe Canal. The Grand Surrey Canal Company were the ones who made the river connection and the Croydon company had to settle for a junction near Coldblow Lane, in the vicinity of New Cross. The un-named location for […]

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The Croydon and Rotherhithe Canal – Tracing the former route into Surrey

The canal’s full title to begin with was the Croydon and Rotherhithe Canal, in anticipation of a direct link to the Thames. The Croydon Canal, as it finally became known as, opened at the same time as the Grand Surrey in 1809. It was swept away by the new line from London Bridge to Croydon in 1836. Several lengths unsuitable […]

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Buildings of interest near London’s Canals – St Pancras

St Pancras International Station Despite not actualy being on the canal, St Pancras has always formed a backdrop to the prospect from the locks of the same name on the Regents Canal. Since the station’s expansion to form an international terminal, its actually closer to the canal than ever before, especially where the canal turns to meet Goodsway The famous […]

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Historic locations near London’s Canals – Marylebone goods depot

The Great Central Railway depot at Lisson Grove (Marylebone) Very litte is mentioned about this important part of Marylebone’s history. The Great Central Railway Company built its new rail facility (usually known as Marylebone Goods Terminus) and it opened on April 10th 1899, some weeks after the main passenger terminus. It was a large terminus on an east-west alignment sited […]

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