TQ2282 : Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal

taken 8 years ago, near to Harlesden, Brent, Great Britain

Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal
Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal
The Paddington Arm of the then Grand Junction Canal was opened in 1801 from Bull's Bridge near Southall to Paddington Basin. The canals were initially a success, particularly for transporting coal, building materials and other bulky loads, but the rise of the railways not long after the canals were built substantially reduced their importance. Now they are primarily a leisure facility. The Paddington Arm was one of the last to see the old-fashioned style of regular commercial traffic of paired narrow boats carrying the traditional materials such as coal, oils, and tar. The Paddington Arm now sees regular commercial traffic, usually in the form of aggregates. What was then the Central Electricity Generating Board laid cables under some of the towpaths in the 1970s, as seen here, and made them suitable for pedestrians again.
The towpath is followed by the Grand Union Canal Walk. This section is between Old Oak Lane and Scrubs Lane and looks to the railway bridge in the distance carrying the London Overground line between Shepherd's Bush and Willesden Junction, just before Scrubs Lane. The factories on the other side of the canal are in Hythe Road. The gasholders in the distance are a well-known feature opposite Kensal Green Cemetery.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 4 December, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 6 December, 2013
Geographical Context
Paths  Business, Retail, Services  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2231 8225 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.5556N 0:14.2988W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2215 8223
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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