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…

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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…

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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…

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The Fleet River from St Pancras to Camden Town

Having run past St Pancras church the Fleet heads towards Camden. Slight traces of the valley can be discerned here and there, mostly on an alignment to the west of the Regents Canal. The river was culverted around the time of the canal’s construction between Camden and Kings Cross. The…

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The Cumberland Arm

The Regents Canal’s long lost branch to the Euston/Great Portland Street area View of the entrance to the Cumberland Arm, with the chinese restaurant visible at left The Cumberland Arm served the market area and military facilities to the north of the Euston Road in Central London, and was about…

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Congreve's Hydro-Pneumatic Canal Lift – A Humbug!

┬áThe abortive lift scheme on the Regent’s Canal Before any locks were built on the Regent’s Canal, problems with acquiring a reliable water supply, forced the company to look at other methods of transferring boats from one level to another. This came in the form of Congreve’s lift which existed…

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Other towpath projects – Hackney, Lee Valley, Grand Union

Other towpath projects Hackney’s unique towpath projects Another type preferred by Hackney – ‘Canal Markers’ Canal Marker with detail giving us the scheme’s origins. Canal Markers were specific to the Hackney section of the Regents Canal, and despite being labelled as ‘British Waterways’ they were actually comissioned by the LB…

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The Canal Way Plaques & what remains

The Canal Way Plaques Plaques sited underneath bridge arches are in poor condition, often rusting, due to repeated cleansing in removing graffiti off the walls. Those on stand alone posts or on offside/inaccessible walls are as a rule in generally good condition. Notes: ‘BWB’ denotes the old British Waterways Board….

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