22-12-17

Camden Canal

Been challenged by someone to post B&W photos a week long. First one: along a canal in Camden, London.

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Ben uitgedaagd door iemand om gedurende een week wit/zwart foto's te plaatsen. Eerste: langsheen een kanaal in Camden, Londen.

22:13 Gepost door pieterbie in street | Permalink | Commentaren (5) | Tags: street, london, uk, camden |  Facebook |

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Why? wat is er mis met kleur? :-)

Gepost door: mizzD | 22-12-17

mooi hoor
maar natuur zie ik liever in kleur

Gepost door: fotorantje | 23-12-17

Het is al op zichzelf een heel knappe foto, maar je wit-zwart bewerking voegt er beslist iets aan toe... mooi!
De uitdaging is dus aan jou meer dan goed besteed...

Gepost door: gerdaYD | 23-12-17

Hey Peter, niet zomaar een kanaal, wel Regent's Canal.

The story begins
In 1812, the Regent's Canal Company was formed to cut a new canal from the Grand Junction Canal's Paddington Arm to Limehouse, where a dock was planned at the junction with the Thames. The architect John Nash played a part in its construction, using his idea of 'barges moving through an urban landscape'.

Completed in 1820, it was built too close to the start of the railway age to be financially successful and at one stage the Regent’s only narrowly escaped being turned into a railway. But the canal went on to become a vital part in southern England's transport system.

Success for the Regent’s Canal
Together with the Grand Junction Canal and the associated routes to the Midlands and north, the Regent’s Canal carried huge quantities of timber, coal, building materials and foodstuffs into and out of London. In fact long-distance traffic continued to use the canal into the 1960s.

However, by the time the canal was nationalised in 1948, commercial traffic had started to dwindle.

Threat to the Regent’s Canal
Like all canals, the Regent’s lost commercial traffic to the railways and by the 1960’s, lorries were taking much of the rest. The Regent’s Canal Dock, at the junction with the Thames, closed to shipping in 1969 and this was the final nail in the coffin for this once bustling waterway. Unused and unloved, its future looked bleak.

A new purpose
Canals are wonderfully versatile, and in 1979 the British Waterways Board allowed underground electricity cables to be laid in a trough below the towpath between St John’s Wood and City Road. Pumped canal water is used to cool these high voltage cables, which now form part of the National Grid.

The Regent’s Canal today
We’re pleased and proud that this most interesting canal is alive today, to play a part in the lives of so many Londoners and visitors to the capital. Its towpaths form alternative routes to work for walkers and cyclists, its peaceful scenery grants a breath of fresh air to all. Boaters gain a whole new perspective on some of London’s most well-known sights as they travel along its waters.

slow down and look around, it's nice here

After the buzz of Camden there are quieter reaches, but the canal is still at the heart of a vibrant cultural scene. As it continues towards the East End, it passes close by many small independent art galleries and studios, displaying exciting and cutting-edge work.

The Regent’s Canal finally joins the River Thames at Limehouse Basin, always busy with boats of all kinds

Boating
The Regent's Canal is a highly attractive waterway in itself, offering you the chance to see a side of London missed by others.

It's also a useful through-route to the rivers Lee and Stort, and for the more adventurous boater, forms part of the London Ring which incorporates a trip along the Thames tideway. Access onto the River Thames is via Limehouse Lock or Bow Locks, and from the Grand Union Canal via Thames Lock at Brentford. Remember that the Thames has fickle currents and tide runs.

Find stoppages, restrictions and other navigational advice for this waterway.
Walking & cycling
Our towpaths connect many of the capital's famous green spaces with central routes from Regent's Park to Victoria Park and even right across London from the Lee Valley Regional Park in the east to the Colne Valley Regional Park in the west.

Gepost door: Dirk Poppe | 24-12-17

Zouden we meer moeten doen !

Gepost door: willy duvel | 29-12-17

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