TQ0899 : Grand Union Canal: Silted up bay

taken 8 years ago, near to Hunton Bridge, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Grand Union Canal: Silted up bay
Grand Union Canal: Silted up bay
The towpath side of the canal makes a large semi-circular bay just to the north of TQ0899 : Grand Union Canal: M25 Motorway spur bridge. The bay appears to have silted up over time and although boat-users would probably pass it by without realising its presence, it makes a large deviation away from the canal for towpath walkers and cyclists. It appears to be too large for a canal narrowboat turning bay, so what was its purpose?

The only clue comes from the older editions of the large scale Ordnance Survey mapping. The 1883 version shows a rectangular building described as a mill (plus some other but indecipherable words), in the centre of the bay. Later editions refer to the building, which has long since been demolished, as a pumping house.

On the first day of the new decade the shadow of the motorway embankment above it had prevented any sun from reaching most of it and the water and reeds remain resolutely frozen hard.
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Date Taken
Friday, 1 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 January, 2010
Reed beds   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 083 995 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:41.0340N 0:26.0132W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 084 994
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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