The Grand Union Canal :: Shared Description

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
by Roger Kidd
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TQ0490 : Black Jack's Lock No 85 on the Grand Union Canal by Mat Fascione
SP6281 : Canal east of South Kilford, Northamptonshire by Roger  Kidd
SP5565 : Canal and Braunston Tunnel in Northamptonshire by Roger  Kidd
SP7155 : Narrowboat at Turnover Bridge No 47 by Mat Fascione
SP5969 : Grand Union Canal at Ashby's Bridge, Watford, Northamptonshire by Roger  Kidd
SP6595 : Grand Union Canal south of Great Glen, Leicestershire by Roger  Kidd
TQ2382 : Grand Union Canal at Kensal Town by Malc McDonald
SP5968 : Watford Locks No 2 in Northamptonshire by Roger  Kidd
SP7448 : Narrowboat between Locks 20 and 19 by David Dixon
SK5804 : Rowers and swans on the Grand Union Canal in Leicester by Mat Fascione
SP1877 : Canal near Knowle, Solihull by Roger  Kidd
SK5701 : Aylestone Globe in the snow by Mat Fascione
SP5699 : Narrowboat next to Blue Bank Bridge No 102 by Mat Fascione
SP5798 : Under the Railway Bridge No 96A by Mat Fascione
SP1877 : Waterfield Bridge north of Knowle near Solihull by Roger  Kidd
SP6180 : South Kilworth Road Bridge in Northamptonshire by Roger  Kidd
SK5705 : Factories along the Grand Union Canal in Leicester by Mat Fascione
SK5701 : Aylestone Globe and Aylestone Mill Lock No 39 by Mat Fascione
SP5798 : Dunn's Lock north of Blaby in Leicestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP6175 : Clay Barn Bridge east of Yelvertoft in Northamptonshire by Roger  Kidd
SP7055 : Narrowboats moored along the Grand Union Canal by Mat Fascione
SK5804 : West Bridge crossing the Grand Union Canal, Leicester by Mat Fascione
SP6888 : Laughton Road Bridge north-west of Market Harborough, Leicestershire by Roger  Kidd
SK5701 : Aylestone Mill Lock No 39 by Mat Fascione
TQ1677 : Moored on the Grand Union Canal by N Chadwick

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Created: Mon, 24 Sep 2012, Updated: Sun, 2 Dec 2018

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