London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 3

Did a City of Westminster councillor fail the city in its duties? I decided to add this interim installment to this investigation of the towpath situation between Little Venice and Lisson Grove as I think it lends an important aspect to the failures in providing proper access and good signage for disabled people who wish to use the canal towpaths […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 2

We begin this section with a quote from London Canals’ 2006 report: Why is there a problem at Maida Hill & Lisson Grove? “Until the 1980’s there never used to be such major restrictons pertaining to the towpath in question. British Waterways’ proposals for a major waterborne light and sound show in 1989 meant that large numbers of boats moored […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’

The subject of this 1st blog post is towpath accessibility – which seems appropriate as my life now focuses on disability rights & access. This issue of accessibility along the ‘substituted towpath’ section between Little Venice and Lisson Grove etc has been discussed in the past and was in fact the subject of a survey conducted by London Canals in […]

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Little Venice’s lost aqueduct and the Westbourne River

The Kilburn Aqueduct and the Westbourne River There were just two aqueducts on the London canal system in it’s early days. Besides the substatial crossing over the River Brent near Stonebridge, there was also the Kilburn Aqueduct in what is now London’s Little Venice. This was a substantial structure with a 30 foot high embankment that crossed the Westbourne Valley […]

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Part 3 of the tour around London’s waterway oasis

A tour around Little Venice Part 3 The Blue (and Green) plaques of Little Venice Generally Blue Plaques are those of English Heritage and the former Greater London Council. The Green ones are from the City of Westminster. Many famous people live in and around the pool area and elsewhere in Little Venice and Maida Vale. We return to the […]

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Part 2 of a tour around London’s Little Venice

A tour around Little Venice Part 2 Brownings Pool is the largest feature and it is the junction of three waterway routes. It is named after the poet Robert Browning, perhaps a gentrification in defiance of the older name used by the locals and boaters which was Rats Island, but also in recongition of Browning’s alleged naming of the area […]

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Around Little Venice – London’s waterway oasis – Part 1

A tour around Little Venice – with a sprinkling of history Map of Little Venice produced in 2009 The canal west of Lord Hills bridge at night Starting from the western end we have the Waterside Inn and Lord Hills footbridge. This crossing used to be a concrete structure from the 1930’s with very high sides that were a potential […]

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The history of the place name known as ‘Little Venice’

The ‘Little Venice’ facts that are ignored As most people will know, Little Venice is that well known area tucked away in W2 between Paddington and Maida Vale with its white stuccoed Victorian mansions and numerous celebrities. But it wasnt always seen as a ‘pretty’ part of London. In Robert Browning’s time Little Venice was not so salubrious. Despite popular […]

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