SP9215 : Grand Union Canal, Cooks Wharf

taken 2 months ago, near to Pitstone, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Grand Union Canal, Cooks Wharf
Grand Union Canal, Cooks Wharf
Narrowboat Rosanne, which belongs to the Bromley Youth Trust, passes the moorings of the Dunstable and District Boat Club. Rosanne was purpose built in 1989 to provide boating experiences for youth groups from the Bromley area; she is normally moored at Linslade on the Grand Union Canal. The Dunstable and District Boat Club was founded in 1964 and now offers 45 permanent moorings for boats up to 40 feet in length; membership fees are generally lower than the cost of mooring at a commercial marina but members are expected to contribute to the upkeep of the facilities.
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 Company. 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 Company (GUCC) 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.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 30 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 2 September, 2018
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Canals 
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Grand Union Canal 
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Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9273 1584 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:50.0091N 0:39.3389W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 9272 1579
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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