TQ0489 : Grand Union Canal near Harefield

taken 4 years ago, near to Harefield, Hillingdon, Great Britain

Grand Union Canal near Harefield
Grand Union Canal near Harefield
This bridge is blocked by a wire fence. The brickwork to the left of the path is clearly in a poor state of repair.

The towpath at this point forms part of the Grand Union Canal Walk.
The Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union Canal was formed from an amalgamation of several formerly separate canals. Until the 1920s these had been independently owned and operated. The original part of the system was the Grand Junction Canal between Braunston and Brentford, constructed to reduce the route from the Midlands to London by sixty miles. This had locks fourteen feet wide, many branches to major towns and broad beam boats carrying up to seventy tons. Earlier linking canals were built with seven foot wide locks.

The Regent's Canal acquired the Grand Junction and other canals in 1929 and created the new Grand Union Canal Company. In 1932, with government aid, extensive modernisation was carried out, including the widening of 52 locks between Braunston and Birmingham (Camp Hill), and the demolition and replacement of many 18th and early 19th century bridges; then the money ran out - and the World War II started, so the task was never completed.

Waterways absorbed into the Grand Union Canal Company (GUCC) include:

London area:

Regent's Canal original company
Hertford Union Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1857

Main Line*:

Warwick and Napton Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927
Warwick and Birmingham Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927
Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927
Grand Junction Canal bought by the Regent's Canal in 1927

Leicester Line:

Old Grand Union Canal bought by the Grand Junction in 1894
Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal bought by the Grand Junction in 1894
Leicester Navigation bought by the Grand Union in 1932
Loughborough Navigation bought by the Grand Union in 1932
Erewash Canal bought by the Grand Union in 1932

*The current main line starts in London and ends in Birmingham (Digbeth), stretching for 137 miles (220 km) with 166 locks.

For more details, a good start is: LinkExternal link
Grand Union Canal Walk
A 145 mile walk following the Grand Union Canal. This first national waterways walk was created as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the creation of the canal companies that later formed the Grand Union Canal. Being almost entirely towpath it provides much for those interested in canal history.
From the centre of London at Little Venice the canal heads to Slough and then through Hertfordshire and the Chilterns to Tring. Apart from the stretch through Milton Keynes the route is then largely rural passing the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne to Leamington Spa and Warwick. The final stretch is through the suburbs of Birmingham. Logo, see TQ1678 : Three walk logos, Gallows Bridge
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TQ0489, 21 images   (more nearby )
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Sunday, 8 September, 2013   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
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Canals 
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Bridge 
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North West London  Grand Union Canal 
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Harefield 
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Greater London 
Canal (from Tags)
Grand Union  Grand Union Canal 
Name (from Tags)
Grand Union Canal 
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Grand Union Canal Walk 
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Grand Union Canal Walk 
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Grand Union Canal Walk 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0483 8935 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:35.5953N 0:29.2841W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0483 8933
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