SP9114 : Marsworth - The former Ship Inn

taken 4 years ago, near to Marsworth, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Marsworth - The former Ship Inn
Marsworth - The former Ship Inn
The white building nearest the canal used to be The Ship Inn. While it ceased to be a pub many years before I arrived in the area, I do remember when it had a small shop selling provisions in particular to passing narrow boats on the Grand Union.
There is a photo of it when it was still a pub, here LinkExternal link
The thatched building behind it, and somewhat lower down, is "Greystones". Both buildings are EH Grade II listed:
The Ship LinkExternal link
Greystones LinkExternal link
The photograph was taken looking over the parapets of SP9114 : Marsworth - Grand Union Canal - Bridge 130
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 Carrying Company (GUCCC). 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 Carrying Company 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
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Date Taken
Sunday, 17 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 18 May, 2015
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Canals 
Place (from Tags)
Marsworth 
Primary Subject of Photo
Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9193 1479 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:49.4507N 0:40.0520W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9191 1476
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Public House (Converted)  Cottage 

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