Bridge at Carpenter's Lock with Olympic Stadium & Mittel tower April 2014

The Grand Surrey Canal

The route to Peckham was added as an afterthought, and was the last bit of the Surrey Canal ever to be built


The Peckham Branch

This is probably the most delightful part of the Grand Surrey's remnants. The branch is virtually complete and has bridges and retaining walls. The only things missing are the towpath (which ran on the west side) and the actual canal terminus. The walk from Peckham connects to the walk through Burgess Park. In the 1960's Peckham and Camberwell were occasionally the destination for extended full day tours from Little Venice operated by either the London waterbuses or Jasons Trip!

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Hill Street Bridge is the first of the two bridges on the Peckham branch

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Foundation stone for Hill St Bridge, quite vandalised obviously

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A rarity - a GSC milestone at Hill St bridge. Its 3 & half miles to the Thames

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Another Hill St bridge plaque - the date of build

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The Peckham bridges were of elaborate style. This is the second one, known as Commercial Way bridge

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A view southwards to the site of the canal terminus at Canal Head in Peckham

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Canal Head. Its now the location of the new library. There used to be a bit of a road called Canal Head but it no longer exists. The Nat West tower (or Tower 42) can be seen. The only building left that is linked with the canal is the one on the right. This used to be a timber warehouse

Waterways World published an article a few years ago showing a couple of pictures of a narrow boat cruise from the Regents Canal to the Grand Surrey in the 1960's. The article claimed the Peckham branch was the remaining bit left of the old route to Croydon. It was a great shock to see such an error written into the magazine on page 99. This erroneous information is quite appalling, having come from such a prestigious magazine whose claim to accuracy has often been unrivalled

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