SP8213 : The Canal Basin at Aylesbury

taken 10 months ago, near to Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

The Canal Basin at Aylesbury
The Canal Basin at Aylesbury
The Waterside Theatre beyond (left) and Waitrose supermarket and the Travelodge (right). Much has changed since I photographed the basin in 2009 SP8213 : Aylesbury Arm: The Aylesbury Canal Basin
When this picture was taken there was just a thin film of ice covering most of the basin.
The Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal :: SP9114
The Aylesbury Arm is a branch of the Grand Union Canal (originally the Grand Junction Canal) and the Act authorizing its construction was passed in 1794, and there were plans (never implemented) to extend the Arm to the River Thames at Abingdon. Construction started in 1811 and it was opened in 1815, and has been open ever since. It was used to ship grain, coal, timber and building materials until the 1960's. It is now provides a pleasant route through the Aylesbury Vale and is much used for walking, boating and fishing. There is also a working boatyard.
The Arm is 6 miles long, has 16 locks and rises 95 feet between Aylesbury and Marsworth. Unlike the Grand Junction Canal and the nearby Wendover Arm, which weave across the countryside making the most of the contours, the Aylesbury Arm is remarkably straight, reflecting the level nature of the Vale of Aylesbury. The locks will only take a single narrowboat, in contrast to the main canal, which will take two or one full width barge.
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Monday, 5 December, 2016   (more nearby)
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Monday, 5 December, 2016
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Sport, Leisure  Public buildings and spaces  Business, Retail, Services  Water resources  Canals  Docks, Harbours 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8221 1355 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:48.8727N 0:48.5296W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 8222 1348
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