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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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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The Wey Navigation

The attractive cottages at Dapdune Wharf, Guildford. The Wey navigations begin their story when wealthy landowner Sir Richard Weston of Sutton Place near Guildford began to think of ways to improve agricultural and land management. Apparently (but see the notes later on) Weston had seen methods in use in Holland during his younger years and he decided to implement some […]

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Along The Roding (Ilford) Navigation

This navigation is still in use – sort of. From its confluence at the Thames it is known as Barking Creek, a winding, tidal waterway. Once it reaches Barking it is generally known as the River Roding. Today it is useable as far as Barking High Bridge Road, or somewhat further north with great care on higher tides. Water levels […]

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The Roding (Barking and Ilford) Navigation

From its confluence at the Thames it is usually known as Barking Creek, a winding, tidal waterway. Once it reaches Barking it becomes the River Roding proper. This is one of west Essex’s more noted rivers and rises near Dunmow, before passing through the Roding villages, then Ongar, Abridge and Redbridge. For around a century the river was easily navigable […]

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The Limehouse Cut – first navigable canal ever built in London

The now demolished Premier Metropolis factory, Burdett Road, Limehouse Flats on the site of the Premier Metropolis factory ‘The Pier’ or whatever! Useful observation platform for looking up and down the straight section of the Limehouse Cut New flats at Bow Common Lane View looking west down the Limehouse Cut at Alphabet Square, showing the waterway’s generous width 2012: Remains […]

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The Limehouse Cut

The first canal scheme in London: The Limehouse Cut was the first navigable artifical waterway (the much earlier New River was built as a water supply aqueduct and not intended for navigation.) The Limehouse Cut changed in two ways – its link to the Thames and its level, were changed when the old lock with its unusual supporting trusses were […]

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The Kensington Canal – West Brompton to Olympia

View looking from the bridge at West Brompton to Earls Court exhbition centre two. The interesting aspect of this picture is the railway bounday as indicated by the fencing on the left. This was the full width of the Kensington canal’s land. The large building on the extreme left is the Empress State building There’s no mistaking this building! This […]

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The Kensington Canal – Lots Road to West Brompton

The council highways depot off Lots Road, built on the canal’s former alignment. The space between warehouses and railway (on far left) was the full width of the Kensington canal, around 100ft of it. However it was a tidal stretch and lots of mud was the rule rather than the exception. One of the major problems the canal faced was […]

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The Kensington Canal – West London’s navigation

The opening of the Regents Canal in 1820 and its success led the way for a canal to be built in Kensington. Lord Kensington desired that Counter’s Creek (mainly a backwater for carrying sewerage into the Thames) was made navigable it would bring new trade to Kensington as well as new sources of income for Lord Kensington. Contracts for the […]

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