TQ2581 : Grand Union Canal, Paddington Branch

taken 8 years ago, near to Paddington, Westminster, Great Britain

Grand Union Canal, Paddington Branch
Grand Union Canal, Paddington Branch
Looking towards Little Venice.
The Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union is a 137 mile (220km), 166 lock, 2 tunnel canal running between Brentford in London and Birmingham. It is the longest canal in Britain, and has 11 main arms and junctions. It takes over a week to navigate.

The Leicester arm branches off at Braunston and runs 66 miles long through 59 locks (including 2 staircase locks at Foxton) and 2 tunnels to Leicester where it continues into the River Soar.

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Narrowboats
A Narrowboat is a long thin boat, designed to fit the canals of England and Wales. They were 7 feet (2.1 metres) wide, and up to 70 feet (21 metres) in length, the maximum that will fit in a standard lock.

In the 18th century before the age of steam railways and the internal combustion engines, the canals were one of the key systems of transporting goods around the country. The boats were towed by a shire horse walking along the tow-path. Of course boats today are powered by diesel engines.

Most narrowboats today are used for holidays & leisure cruising, and some are used as homes.

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TQ2581, 447 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Friday, 18 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 18 September, 2009
Geographical Context
Canals 
Primary Subject of Photo
Canal 
Category
Canal   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 258 819 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.3308N 0:11.2285W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 258 819
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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