TQ2382 : Grand Union Canal at Kensal Town

taken 6 years ago, near to Paddington, Westminster, Great Britain

Grand Union Canal at Kensal Town
Grand Union Canal at Kensal Town
A view westwards along the Grand Union canal, at Kensal Town.
The Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union is a 137 mile (220km), 166 lock, 2 tunnel canal running between Brentford in London and Birmingham. It is the longest canal in Britain, and has 11 main arms and junctions. It takes over a week to navigate.

The Leicester arm branches off at Norton Junction and runs 66 miles long through 59 locks (including 2 staircase locks at Foxton) and 2 tunnels to Leicester where it continues into the River Soar.

Read more at Wikipedia LinkExternal link

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

Narrowboats

A Narrowboat is a long thin boat, designed to fit the canals of England and Wales. They were 7 feet (2.1 metres) wide, and up to 70 feet (21 metres) in length, the maximum that will fit in a standard lock.

In the 18th century before the age of steam railways and the internal combustion engines, the canals were one of the key systems of transporting goods around the country. The boats were towed by a shire horse walking along the tow-path. Of course boats today are powered by diesel engines.

Most narrowboats today are used for holidays & leisure cruising, and some are used as homes.

Read more at wikipedia LinkExternal link

Canal boats on the Paddington Arm, Grand Union Canal :: TQ2181

This canal is on a route with no locks from Southall to Paddington. Many canal boats are moored permanently, or move between places where they can moor for a few weeks. Others are touring. Most canal boats here are narrow boats, but there are some wider boats which can access up from the Thames at Brentford.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 August, 2015   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 6 September, 2015
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Canals 
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North West London  Grand Union Canal  Kensal Town 
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Grand Union 
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Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2387 8237 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.5999N 0:12.9477W
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