The Croydon Canal 12) From Thriftwood to Venner Road

The canal that wouldnt go away! The houses in Thriftwood kept subsiding and eventually the cause was attributed to poor drainage caused by the filling in of the old canal route The house, seen above, is in Thriffwood, just off Silverdale. Behind the house is a fence forming the Dacres…

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The Croydon Canal 9) The route past Forest Hill Station

Forest Hill was an important location on the canal, with a wharf and swingbridges. Nowadays its just an urban crossroads with shops and a railway station Looking back towards Davids Road. Immediately in front stood the site of Forest Hill Swing Bridge. The main road seen here is Dartmouth Road,…

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The Croydon Canal 7) Through the former Forest Wood

Forest Wood was a quite large tract of woodland up in the hills above London. To give an idea of what the route must have looked like, the only similar comparision would be that of the Wey and Arun Junction Canal as it traverses Sidney Wood After Honor Oak Park,…

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The Croydon Canal 4) Along Shardeloes Road

One of those quite rare stretches of waterway that have now become a road (this is however NOT a ‘rarity’ in London when one considers the total mileage of the Croydon, Grand Surrey, Kensington, Romford, Woolwich Arsenal canals and the Ruislip feeder that are now under tarmac) Having initially seen…

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The Croydon Canal 2) The route through New Cross

The Croydon and Rotherhithe company lost its opportunity for an independent route to Rotherhithe, having to share a common route with the Grand Surrey Canal. The company at this point decided to drop the ‘Rotherhithe’ from its title to become the Croydon Canal In the years since this feature was…

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