The Grand Surrey – The Peckham branch & canal wharves

The route to Peckham was added as an afterthought, and was the last bit of the Surrey Canal ever to be built. Its probably the most delightful part of the Grand Surrey’s remnants. The branch is virtually complete and has bridges and retaining walls. The only things missing are the towpath (which ran on the west side) and the actual […]

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The Grand Surrey Canal – It’s bridges and buildings

Oxestall Road bridge. The last bridge ever to be built over the Grand Surrey Canal. The bridge and surrounding estate were built in the 1960’s, when the canal was still working. Being just down the canal from its entrance lock, the bridge had the honour of seeing the last boats on the canal in 1970 Blackhorse Bridge. This side is […]

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The Grand Surrey’s junctions & and place names

The Surrey Canal’s junctions Two junctions existed on the canal, connecting the Peckham and ‘Croydon’ sections. The junctions did not appear to have any official names. The one with the Croydon has been called Hatcham Junction but it is not known if this was used when the Croydon Canal was extant, as no map from the 19th Century shows that […]

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The Grand Surrey Canal – To Old Kent Road and Camberwell

From Ilderton Road to the Old Kent Road there isnt really anything to see of the canal’s route as the route is occupied by warehouses and various industries These houses at Varcoe Road, just off Ilderton Road, are actually built on the canal’s alignment The PC World on the Old Kent Road stands on the canal’s course A look back […]

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Along the Grand Surrey route – Plough Lane to Surrey Canal Road

Council estates were built in the 1960’s around the canal, which at that time was still busy at work as far as the Old Kent Road Back to the course of the Grand Surrey Canal! This is a view from Plough Lane looking south along the canal’s infilled, but still present, alignment towards the Pepys Estate. Many of the modern […]

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The Grand Surrey – Greenland Dock and drop down lock – start of the canal

The former entrance to the Grand Surrey Canal. The very tall building, known as Eddystone Tower which stands along the canal’s alignment at the Pepys Estate in Deptford can be seen above the rooftops. Directly beneath it amidst the fencing stands the Canal Office Machinery formerly used to operate the Grand Surrey’s lockgates In 2008 this new development was underway. […]

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The Grand Surrey – The old canal route through the Surrey Docks

The old route from the Thames to Plough Way was taken over by the large Surrey Docks complex. The docks themselves have been redundant since the 1970’s and are mostly filled in. The original route of the Grand Surrey from the Thames to the Greenland Dock was obliterated as the expansion of the Surrey Commercial Docks progressed. However, it roughly […]

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The Grand Surrey – the canal that aimed for Portsmouth…!

The Grand Surrey Canal …is the canal that aimed for Portsmouth but only got as far as Camberwell! An introduction to the Surrey Canal The Grand Surrey’s story really begins back in 1696. This was the year that the Howland Great Wet Dock, was dug. This was the largest ship dock ever built at the time. By 1763 it had […]

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Canute’s Canal

King Canute – and the earliest London canal that never was? The story of Canute’s Canal that was supposedly built to by pass London Bridge in order to attack the City of London in 1016 is perhaps a myth and nothing more. There is much speculation about what form Canute’s Canal took. Some arguments suggest that the land south of […]

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