Basingstoke Canal pages

If you have arrived here from the Basingstoke Canal Society’s pages, the Basingstoke Canal pages are now at the following locations: Woodham to Greywell Basingstoke 1 – Intro Basingstoke 2 – Byfleet – Woodham Locks Basingstoke 3 – Woodham – St. Johns Basingstoke 4 – St. Johns – Hermitage Basingstoke 5 – Brookwood – Pirbright Basingstoke 6 – Deepcut Flight […]

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Is Little Venice on the Grand Union Canal?

Canal & River Trust’s banner strung on the nothern side of the famous Little Venice pool proclaims: So Little Venice happens to be on the ‘Grand Union Canal’ only? The Regent’s isnt even mentioned! Let’s consider some facts. One: Little Venice would have never existed if the Regent’s Canal had not been built. Why’s that? The famous stretch of wide […]

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Tarporley Links

If you have arrived here from Camden Canals & Narrowboat Association’s website, the London Canals archive page in question is now here. (Scroll down to find section on Tarporley.) This page has seven images on or around Tarporley. The feature on Camden Canals & Narrowboat Association volunteer Kirk Martin is here. This has two images of the old Tarporley days […]

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Boats on the Thames 2

Boats on the Thames plus Millennium bridge with City seen from beneath Blackfriars rail bridge. Tug Recovery tows empty refuse barges past Southwark bridge en route to Wandsworth. Recovery and its commercial cargo heading westwards at Blackfriars bridge. Dutch barge (not the botter type) by the Millennium bridge on a downstream run. Tug GPS Anglia with hefty dumb barge possibly heading for Pimlico rail bridge […]

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Canal towpath shut more than a year

Update on the Lisson Grove towpath closure. Was closed for towpath works – quite common, this occurs every few years or so when maintenance work is conducted on the power cables that lie beneath the towpath. This was supposed to reopen in October 2014. Never did. The date was revised to July 2015. A new notice that month (shown below) […]

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Boats on the Thames 1

The new Tate Modern extension’s viewing galleries gives great views of the River Thames between Southwark and Blackfriars bridge. Although it’s just a short section of waterway there is a lot of activity going on plus the City of London and St Paul’s Cathedral make great backdrops. The pictures were taken in the first week the new Tate Switch House opened to […]

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Hampstead Ponds vs the Paddington Arm

A curious title you might think, ‘Hampstead Ponds vs the Paddington Arm.’ What on earth do they have to do with each other? They’re not even related! At first sight the choice of topic might seem a little strange, however its related to the furore surrounding the Hampstead Ponds dam project. And a bit more than that… There has been […]

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This towpath shall never open!

Will it or won’t it? Lisson Grove towpath stays shut Nov 2015 The long, drawn, still ongoing saga of the Lisson Grove towpath is still with us. Canal & River Trust informed the world it would be open on October 27th. CRT’s blog informing Lisson Grove towpath would be finished by 27th Since then, nowt. Towpath remains shut. No sign […]

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Paddington’s depression?

No, Paddington Bear is certainly NOT going through a bad phase. This is about the real Paddington, that ‘depressing,’ ‘lifeless’ place developers such as Renzo Piano claim needs livening up. Fact #1 Paddington once had a lively town centre, with shops, cinemas, restuarants, and a famous theatre. Fact #2 The A40 Westway was sent right through the heart of Paddington. […]

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