The Croydon Canal 15) The concrete trough at Betts Park

The canal through Betts Park was considerably more attractive before the improved concrete trough was built! Moving on from the previous section, we are on the other side of these flats adjacent to Betts Park which stand on the actual course of the canal. There was a bridge here but it was likely of brick…

The Croydon Canal 14) The Anerley Tea Rooms Gardens

Anerley Tea Rooms and Gardens were a popular tourist destination in Victorian times. A great day out for all was had with a boat trip on the canal, a walk through the gardens, beverages in the tea rooms, then a trip up to Crystal Palace to round off the day This stretch of canal was…

The Croydon Canal 13) Penge Station and the mythical 'canal loops'

The pictures showing a horse grazing as the canal makes a very tight loop at Penge is a somewhat romanctised view of the canal. Maps of the canal show that the bends at Penge weren’t even acute. The artist who did the paintings had been drinking too much! The section beyond Sydenham through Penge is…

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 Wood boundary. The height of…

The Croydon Canal 11) The canal's remnants at Dacres Wood

There is a myth about the Croydon Canal which is quite wrong. It is asserted that the only remains of the canal are at Betts Park, further south near Anerley, where it is often cited that the Betts Park section “is the only surviving part of what used to be the Croydon Canal” and thats…

The Croydon Canal 10) Towards Sydenham Park and the site of the reservoir

The is some debate as to the exact route the Croydon Canal took after Forest Hill. Some possible evidence shows it may have taken an alignment slightly further west, but this all depends on how large the ‘wide’ on the canal existed at this point The short passageway emerges by the southern end of the…

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, but the section to the…

The Croydon Canal 8) The Davids Road elevated walkway at Forest Hill

The houses along Davids Road are said to be built on the bed of the canal Looking south east towards the Dartmouth Road junction in Forest Hill New Mural in Davids Road The canal route in Forest Hill, as mentioned previously, runs along Davids Road approaching the environs of Forest Hill via a raised pavement…

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, the route of the canal…

The Croydon Canal 6) Honor Oak Park and the site of the top of the 28 locks

The top of the long climb from New Cross culminated in a staircase lock with a swing bridge across the lower chamber The previous set of pictures looked at the canal route as it passed through the crematorium and out into the stadium ground. Here we look east down Honor Oak Park towards the railway…