The Grosvenor Canal

The former canal route from the Thames to Victoria The Grosvenor Canal was the shortest canal built in London. Its no longer in use, simply being a water feature nowadays than a working canal. It was built by the Chelsea Waterworks Company, whose premises were situated by the River Thames…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Fleet River and its Canal

The Fleet River must be the one and only natural river which enabled boats to reach any part of the inner metropolis of London, long before the Grand Junction or the Regents Canal were built. By decree of its route through some of old London’s most populated areas, the river…

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