The Romford Canal 6

Romford Canal – The final section The canal route passes through what is now known as The Chase nature reserve (Barking & Dagenham confusingly calls it Eastbrook End Park) After initially following the Beam River for a short distance above the railway at Elm Park, the canal changes route and…

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The Romford Canal 5

The canal route to the C2C/District railway crossing at Elm Park By these houses on Roosevelt Way, there is evidently a rise in the ground. It is totally plausible that a lock would have been built at this location. Traces of the canal are hard to find. It seems that…

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The Romford Canal 4

Romford Canal – From Rainham Road to Elm Park The canal heads slightly northeastwards towards Elm Park along a much narrower Beam Valley The crossing at Rainham Road (or is it Dagenham Road? There’s often been some confusion over which name it should be since the stretch of road was…

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The Romford Canal 3

‘The lock’ to Rainham Road A depression is obious here, although there doesnt seem to be any trace of the lock chamber walls now, perhaps the stones were taken away and used elsewhere. Who knows, but this old tree stump that rises vertically appears to indicate perhaps a hard standing…

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The Romford Canal 2

New Road to Beam Bridge lock Dagenham New Road bridge (the Beam Bridge) over the Beam River, once a busy main road but nowadays most traffic goes via the new A13 Choats Manor Way futher south. Excavations in 1972 adjacent to this site revealed remains of the Romford Canal although…

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The Romford Canal

A waterway that took 65 years to plan & construct – and unfinished! The first plans for a canal to Romford were seen in 1809 and 1812 when Ralph Walker introduced proposals using a route from Rainham Creek with a length of 4 three quarters mile and six locks. An…

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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…

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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…

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Regent's Canal – Mare Street to Limehouse

Gasometers near Mare Street, Hackney Busy summer scene by Northiam Street Boats and cyclists by Bonner Hall bridge in Victoria Park Old Ford Lock – 10pm at night! The Bow Heritage Trail includes this section of the Regents Canal as well as the adjacent Hertford Union Canal, which branches off…

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Regent's Canal – King's Cross to Acton's Lock

London’s hidden canal aqueduct! Goods Way – where the unknown aqueudct is sited. Canal at left, railway at lower right. The location at which the Regent’s Canal’s only aqueduct (officially called ‘King’s Cross Railway Aqueduct’) exists at King’s Cross. The crowns of the railway tunnels underneath the Regent’s Canal were…

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