The Bridge near ther Regent's Canal, London

The Bridge over the Regent's Canal, London. Photograph and text 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.]

The bridge was originally used to permit the horses that pulled the barges to cross the canal, which was built to connect the Grand Junction to the sea. According to The London Encyclopaedia, the Regent's Canal joins the Grand Junction Canal at Paddington Basin, goes eastwards through to Camden Town and Islington, and thence to the City Basin, eventually joining the Thames at Limehouse. (The Grand Junction Canal Co. was the name of the company which bought the original Grand Union Canal in 1894). [JB]

The locks in the foreground were originally hydro-pneumatic but didn't work and had to be replaced. They were invented by the same Congreve who also dreamed up the first military rocket. [DS]

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References

The London Encyclopaedia. Ed. Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. London: Macmillan, rev. ed. 1992.


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