Regents Canal - Limehouse, E14
The Regent's Canal is an 8.6 mile long canal providing a link from the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, just NW of Paddington Basin in the west, to the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames in the east.
The first section from Paddington to Camden Town, opened in 1816. The Camden to Limehouse section, including the Regent's Canal Dock (used to transfer cargo from seafaring vessels to canal barges – today known as Limehouse Basin), opened four years later. The Regents Canal is the "North Circular of canals" and luckily survived attempts during Victorian times to
to convert the route of the canal into a railway (like the fate suffered by the Croydon Canal)
In October 2014 engineers carrying out repair works drained more than seven million gallons of water from a stretch of Regent’s Canal from Limehouse up towards Mile End. This is to enable bricklayers to repair large holes in the canal wall recently spotted by specialist divers as part of a multi-million pound maintenance programme to canals and rivers across England and Wales. Hundreds of fish, including a 3ft-long carp weighing 25 pounds, were scooped up and moved to safety
The draining of the canal has highlighted all the rubbish dumped in the canal bed - an unsurprising collection of shopping trolleys, tyres & traffic cones, thousands of plastic bags & bottles plus a few wheelclamps, a safe, knives & traffic signs. I am surprised that they havent discovered any unexploded wartime bombs.Volunteers have been cleaning up the litter during organised campaigns by the Lower Regents Coalition.
The canal is expected to be reopened by Christmas 2014.