Grosvenor Canal :: Shared Description

Only a very short stretch of what was already the shortest canal in London survives today, preserved as a water feature within a housing development, near where the canal meets the Thames.

It was built by the Chelsea Waterworks Company, whose Western Pumping Station and chimney survive today. The company dug a navigable tidal inlet in 1725 to provide waterborne access from the Thames to their works, but it was not until almost a hundred years later that they converted this to a proper canal with locks.

The canal opened in 1823, reaching as far as the present day Victoria bus terminus. The advent of the railways saw the canal gradually reduced in length over the years as Victoria station (originally known as "Grosvenor Terminus") was built and expanded from 1860 onwards. The station is located on the site of Grosvenor Basin and retains a similar footprint to the basin area.

Despite all of this, the canal was the last in London to operate commercially, handling waste barges until the 1990s.
by Thomas Nugent
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13 images use this description:

TQ2877 : Western pumping station and chimney by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : Western Pumping House by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : Grosvenor Canal at Junction with River Thames by PAUL FARMER
TQ2877 : The Grosvenor Canal by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : Entrance to Grosvenor Dock, from train entering Victoria by Christopher Hilton
TQ2877 : The Grosvenor Canal by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : The Grosvenor Canal by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : Entrance to the Grosvenor canal by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : The Grosvenor Canal by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : The Grosvenor Canal by Thomas Nugent
TQ2878 : Grosvenor Waterside by PAUL FARMER
TQ2877 : The Grosvenor Canal entrance from the Thames by Thomas Nugent
TQ2877 : Grosvenor Bridge and the Western pumping station by Thomas Nugent


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Created: Sat, 24 May 2014, Updated: Sun, 25 May 2014

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