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DO YOU REMEMBER: The Grand Union Canal in 70s era Hunton Bridge

 Published on: 3rd September 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This photo is from 1977 and shows one of the two locks in the Grand Union Canal in Hunton Bridge, namely upper lock 72.

This section of the Grand Union Canal was constructed between 1793 and 1805 as the Grand Junction Canal, and its aim was to improve transport links between London and the Midlands region.

It wasn’t until 1929, two years after the canal was bought by the Regent’s Canal Company, that it was merged into the Grand Union Canal. It became the route’s southern half of the main line.

At the beginning of its life, it was a key route to transport goods quickly across the country. Nowadays, however, it mainly serves a recreational purpose.

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Photo Credit: Dr Neil Clifton

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1 Comment

  1. Amanda Cerasale September 3rd, 2023, 11:33 am

    I can remember the locks at Cassiobury Park and Gade AVE but that that is going back to the mid/late 60s.

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