Is Londonist’s canal knowledge spot on?

Londonist published a feature (8 August 2016) extolling the virtues of Paddington, including trains, bears, and canals – exactly what one expects to find in the area! 😉 It mentions Paddington Basin as a branch of the Regent’s Canal…. Many would say that’s a mistake as it’s a branch off the Grand Union Canal. Hmmmmm….. It’s indeed not a Regent’s […]

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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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Paddington’s Fan-tastic Bridge on test

The Fan Bridge at Paddington Basin was on test late afternoon/early evening today (28th July) and could be seen raised to the fullest extent. Here’s an article from the Daily Telegraph discussing the proposed bridge a couple of months ago. The Fan bridge will operate on Fridays only at the same time as the nearby rolling bridge. Sadly these bridges […]

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Paddington & its transport systems – 3

Paddington & its transport systems – 3 The Great Western Railway This was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and it is interesting that his railway opened in the same year his canal bridge was built. It was in 1838 that these events occured. The railway itself was broad gauge of 7 foot and a quarter inches, and it spread across […]

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Paddington & its transport systems – 2

Paddington & its transport systems – 2 The canal – Brunel’s bridge: This was an early Brunel structure, predating the major works at Paddington Station by several years. The castings were made in Deptford and put together on site in 1838 and the structure officially opened in 1839. It was moulded within a new brickwork structure in 1906 and forgotten […]

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Paddington and its transport systems – 1

Paddington and its transport systems – 1 The building of the Grand Junction Canal between Braunston and Brentford brought the canal network to the River Thames, which in turn ran through the heart of London, giving direct access to the city’s wharves and industry. While this was intially an acceptable state of affairs, there was a desire for a direct […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 5 – Ladbroke Grove to Little Venice

The former Porta Bella dock, now another of those useless water features that people seem to like turning canals into. Whats all this talk of ‘restoration’ when this happens? Houses in Harrow Road whose backs are right on the canal’s edge. These are the only such examples left on London’s waterways. New flats by Harrow Road. Very little left in […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 4 – Harlesden to Kensal Green

A slightly scruffy looking stretch of canal belies these electricity substations and their service bridges east of Acton Lane, Harlesden. This was the site of METESCo’s Acton Lane power station, built in 1899. An aerial view of the complex can be seen at Britain from Above. The canal enters a lengthy cutting from Acton lane to Old Oak Road. This […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 3 – Alperton to Acton Lane

The canal has a lengthy run past Horsenden Hill Golf Course as far as the WLCC at Alperton. Despite the location it is surprisingly rural The West London Crusing Club’s moorings at Alperton Modern copy of a traditional bridge at Alperton – the concrete arch gives away its origin The visitor moorings at Alperton, next to the large Sainsburys superstore. […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 2 – Northolt to Horsenden Hill

Northolt boatyard, offering services, gas and diesel. Its operated by High Line Yachting of Iver. This is the last opportunity to fill up before London. The next opportunity is Springfield Marina on the Lee Navigation – unless one happens to meet either of the area’s working narrowboats that sell coal and diesel The building seen towering above the wharf is […]

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