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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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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The Croydon Canal 15) The concrete trough at Betts Park

The canal through Betts Park was considerably more attractive before the improved concrete trough was built! Moving on from the previous section, we are on the other side of these flats adjacent to Betts Park which stand on the actual course of the canal. There was a bridge here but it was likely of brick or stone bridge, hence the […]

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The Croydon Canal 14) The Anerley Tea Rooms Gardens

Anerley Tea Rooms and Gardens were a popular tourist destination in Victorian times. A great day out for all was had with a boat trip on the canal, a walk through the gardens, beverages in the tea rooms, then a trip up to Crystal Palace to round off the day This stretch of canal was part of the Anerley Tea […]

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