Grand Surrey Canal

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Grand Surrey Canal

Postby fosney » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:00 pm

The Grand Surrey canal

Authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1801, the Canal was originally intended to extend northwards to Rotherhithe and was 15K long.
Originally named the Kent and Surrey Canal it was built during the 19th Century. It opened to the Old Kent Road in 1807 and to Camberwell in 1810 and was extended to Peckham in 1826. The main cargo handled on the canal was timber. The Canal closed progressively from the 1940s with all but the Greenland Dock Section, which closed in the 1970s. Much of the route is traceable and has been turned into linear parks and many of the old bridges remain.

The original intention was for the Surrey Canal to be linked to the Croydon Canal, to Epsom, via New Cross and a series of 28 locks in two flights to keep the Canal supplied with water. Reservoirs were constructed at Sydenham and South Norwood, the latter still exists. The Canal was 34ft wide and a maximum depth of 5ft. By 1811, 22 barges plied the Canal the barges being 60ft long and 9ft wide and could carry 30 tons. After the initial flight of locks, most of the canal followed the 160ft contour. The final two locks at Croydon raised the Canal to 174ft. Because there was no source of water, the steam pumping station was built to pump water to the summit.

The Canal was never a success, and closed in 1836. Most of the alignment was used by the London and Croydon Railway Company. After the Canal closed, sections were retained for leisure use. A section at Betts Park in Anerley was used as a boating lake and can still be seen at the northern corner of Betts Park.

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby kiwi » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:04 pm

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Trundleys Road. SE8, near the G.S CANAL

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby fosney » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:02 am

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Metal & Hardware Products

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby fosney » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:23 pm

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AG Batt Wharf

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby fosney » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:29 pm

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H Dussek Glengall Wharf

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby fosney » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:44 pm

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Surrey Canal near Wells Way

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby fosney » Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:51 pm

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Harbrow Bridge Wharf

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby SueH » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:55 pm

Grandad Batt's Timberwharf Deptford 1931 001.jpg
Grandad Batt 001.jpg


I have just found your blog and would like to add my photo of A G Batt & Co. This timber wharf was owned by my Grandfather, Archibald George Batt. I have also attached a photo of him for your records. My father always told us that Grandad's wharf was on St Katherine's Dock and the photo has Deptford written on the back.

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby kiwi » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:22 pm

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Near Canal Bridge.
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The state of the Canal near Wells Way (Burgess Park) as it appeared in 1960.

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Re: Grand Surrey Canal

Postby kiwi » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:19 am

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The Canal Office in 1984 just after the new Plough Way had been constructed.
14 years had passed since the last boat ventured onto the canal
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The Canal Office in 1984
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The railway bridge on Surrey Canal Road by Ilderton Road.
This carries the lines to Queens Road Peckham


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