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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TQ3183 : City Road Lock by Richard Croft
SP8831 : Narrowboat by bridge 99, Grand Union Canal by Stephen McKay
SP7350 : Blisworth Tunnel by Stephen McKay
SP2466 : Hatton Locks by Stephen McKay
SP7942 : Cosgrove Lock No21 by Jo Turner
SP8834 : Fenny Stratford Lock 22 grand Union Canal by Jo Turner
SP7155 : Turnover Bridge No 47 by Mat Fascione
TQ3183 : Regent's Canal, City Road Lock by David Dixon
SP1184 : Grand Union Canal near Tyseley, Birmingham by Roger  Kidd
SP4264 : Shop Lock 12 and Shop Lock Cottage, Grand Union Canal by Jo Turner
SP5465 : Grand Union Canal, Braunston by Stephen McKay
TQ3681 : Limehouse Basin (1) by The Carlisle Kid
SP6695 : Pywell's Lock north-east of Fleckney, Leicestershire by Roger  Kidd
TQ2482 : Emu on the Paddington Branch by David P Howard
SP4663 : Ventnor Farm Marina by David P Howard
SP6296 : Bottom Half Mile Lock No 26 by Mat Fascione
SP9510 : Wharf Lane Bridge No 137 by Mat Fascione
SP8834 : The Red Lion, Fenny Stratford by Stephen McKay
SP6396 : Lock keeper's cottage and Newton Top Lock by Mat Fascione
SP3365 : Fellmore Grove from the Grand Union Canal by David P Howard
TQ0794 : Lot Mead Lock, Grand Union Canal by N Chadwick
TQ2983 : Regent's Canal, St Pancras Basin by David Dixon
SP9609 : Towpath along the Grand Union Canal near Dudswell by Mat Fascione
TQ0588 : Total Eclipse, narrowboat near Denham Marina by David Hawgood
TQ2681 : Browning's Pool, Little Venice by David Dixon

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

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