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DO YOU REMEMBER: The history of the Grand Union Canal in Rickmansworth

 Published on: 30th June 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This month’s historical picture is one that’s a century old now. This image depicts a part of the Grand Union Canal running through Rickmansworth in 1922.

This section of the canal was originally known as the Grand Junction and was constructed between 1793 and 1805. It wasn’t until 1929 when it was absorbed into the larger Grand Union, having been bought by the Regent’s Canal Company in 1927.

Before the Grand Junction’s construction, the only route to London through the waterways was via the canal in Oxford.

The British canal system has been described by historians as one of the major focuses of the Industrial Revolution, transporting goods around the country. Nowadays however, it is mostly used for leisure purposes.

If you have any memories of Rickmansworth’s waterways, or any other photographs of the town’s history, please feel free to send them to us at, and they could featuring in a future edition.

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