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Limehouse Basin

Limehouse Basin, London
20 July 2012

From WikiPedia: “A canal basin is an expanse of waterway alongside or at the end of a canal, and wider than the canal, constructed to allow boats to moor or unload cargo without impeding the progress of other traffic, and to allow room for turning, thus serving as a winding hole. For inland waterways, a basin may be thought of as a land-locked harbour.

“A basin was often associated with wharves around its perimeter, to support commercial users. In modern times, canal basins are more usually used to moor residential and recreational narrowboats.”

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Canon EOS 5D Mark II, photoblog

 

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London when it freezes: Grand Union Canal

Pictures taken of the Grand Union Canal on the weekend of January 10 / 11 during the great freeze.

The canal paths were too slippy for me to get too close so I have used the zoom here.

I also learnt that the LX3’s battery can’t cope with the cold when it died midway during the shoot.

London Grand Union Canal (3)

London Grand Union Canal (2)

London Grand Union Canal (1)

 

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Day 114: Paddington Basin (3)

Paddington Basin (3)

Paddington Basin is an area of London at Paddington named after the nearby canal basin.

The junction of the Regent’s Canal and the Grand Junction Canal is close to this point but the basin itself is the terminus of the Paddington Arm of the Grand Junction Canal. It was opened in 1801. Paddington was chosen because of its position on the New Road which led to the east, providing for onward transport. In its heyday, the basin was a major trans-shipment facility, and a hive of activity.

A consortium in partnership with British Waterways began work in January 2000 by draining the basin.

The basin is now the centre of a major redevelopment and is surrounded by modern buildings.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddington_Basin

 
 

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Day 106: Little Venice

Little Venice

 
 

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Day 67: Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Canal

Twilight image of the Grand Union Canal as it flows through Ladbroke Grove in West London.

According to WikiPedia: "The Grand Union Canal in England is part of the British canal system. Its main line connects the two largest cities in England, London and Birmingham and stretches for 220 km (137 miles) and has 166 locks."

It was formed between 1929 and 1932 by amalgamating many old canals which were built between 1857 and 1932.

 

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