as a child i would take a stroll with my grandparents along the canal, from right outside their house all the way through to victoria park. the canal being the regents canal in east london. i have walked up and down countless times, at the time i was completely unaware of its importance to the industrial revolution.
it was built-in the early 19th century and was an extension of the grand union canal to the north of the paddington basin in west london. this extension brought cargo transferred from seafaring vessels, mainly coal and building materials, from the limehouse basin which would work its way all the way up into the midlands. however by the 20th century, trade was lost to the modern railway and road links.
whilst visiting nanny minnie this weekend, we took a stroll down the canal for the first time with ronnie, all the way down to victoria park and back again. here’s a few snaps taken on our journey.
a fish made from recycled bits and bobs
we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw this swans nest, hidden amongst the reeds
ronnie was captivated by the locks and the narrow boats, he even got to give a hand with the lock.
after the excitement of watching the narrows boats go on their way, we went for a quick game of hide and seek in the beautiful pagoda in vicky park and then the obligatory ice cream. you can see more snaps and the history of the park here.