TQ3469 : Betts Park, Anerley: last trace of the Croydon Canal

taken 10 years ago, near to Penge, Bromley, Great Britain

Betts Park, Anerley: last trace of the Croydon Canal
Betts Park, Anerley: last trace of the Croydon Canal
The Croydon Canal was built in the early nineteenth century, running from the Grand Surrey Canal north of the present New Cross Gate station, to a basin under the site of the present West Croydon station. As those details suggest, it was later bought by a railway company and much of its trackbed used by what became the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway's main line south. Where the canal swung off the straighter course of the railway it has largely been built over. Here in Anerley, however, the canal did an S-bend around some curves in the land whilst the later railway carved straight through them, and a short stretch of the canal survives a hundred yards or so off the railway line, converted to an ornamental lake in Betts Park. The only other surviving piece of canal infrastructure is its reservoir half a mile south-west of here, now South Norwood Lake and like this preserved by being in a park.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 29 January, 2011
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
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Canal   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 346 696 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.5667N 0:3.9212W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 347 696
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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