The Croydon Canal 16) Penge Road and South Norwood Lake

The street layout of Norwood has its origins in the lengthy canal loop here. The village was built around the canal and the present arrangement reflects the canal route strongly This is about the third lot of flats that we have seen built on or alongside the canal’s alignment. Whist…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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,…

Continue reading