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#1 andreas

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 10:09 PM

I thought this deserved being in news rather than local history... later this month is the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Croydon Canal.

This was a momentous event for our part of the world, and it is all due to Napoleon. For the British were seeking a safe route for troop movements from London to Portsmouth during the Napoleonic Wars, avoiding the Straits of Dover, and so the project of a canal evolved.

After the battle of Trafalgar, it became clear that going all the way to Portsmouth was taking things slightly too far and so the canal stopped at Croydon. The waterway was used for local trade but above all became very popular for rowing, fishing and picnics in the beautiful woods (e.g. Isobel Hill, the old name for the ridge of what is now Church Road above Auckland Road).

But there is more. When the railway boom came, the London and Croydon Railway saw the opportunity of the route of the picturesque but commercially moribund canal and bought its land to make way for the first suburban line in London Ė which opened from London Bridge to West Croydon in 1839. Fifteen years later, when there was a search for a suitable site for rebuilding the Hyde Park Crystal Palace, there stepped forward the owner of Penge Place, who just happened to be a director of the railway company, offering his land...

So we had the Crystal Palace on the site of Penge Place, plus our renowned high-speed link between Clapham Junction and Sydenham, which opened in 1856. And the rest is history...

The Sydenham Society have organised a walk (and pub lunch...) to mark the occasion:
http://www.sydenhams...d=40&Itemid=335

For a brief description of the Canal see:
http://foresthillsoc...ydon-canal.html or
http://www.sydenhams...34:localhistory

And for further information about the Croydon Canal, have a look at:
http://www.londoncan...don/croy01.html
or
http://maps.google.c...b5f2699ecc56aa4

There are a lot of fascinating remains, some obvious such as in Betts Park or at South Norwood Lake, some tantalisingly subtle.
Anyhow, letís celebrate the Croydon Canal opening in October 1809... the start of Crystal Palace...
opposed to taking terrapins.

#2 Ziwa

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 02:05 PM

thanks for a very interesting, important bit of history! cheers to the Croydon canal!

#3 charlie

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 10:57 PM

Hi Mods

I would be very grateful if this thread could be moved to the Local History section of the forum please or it may get lost in the bowels of News and Local Issues.

Many thanks

#4 ChewderOde

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:25 PM

hey Charlie - are all your CDs in alpha order? - yeah I know - thats a bit rich coming from me who was arguing the toss about whether national issues should be in the tavern or not! - but I think this is ok where it is - as much as it pains me to agree with Andreas! - Joke! - its local and topical and isnt just about whats gone before - its about whats happening now to celebrate the past - but thats just my take mind

#5 charlie

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:42 PM

hey Charlie - are all your CDs in alpha order? - yeah I know - thats a bit rich coming from me who was arguing the toss about whether national issues should be in the tavern or not! - but I think this is ok where it is - as much as it pains me to agree with Andreas! - Joke! - its local and topical and isnt just about whats gone before - its about whats happening now to celebrate the past - but thats just my take mind


Tee Hee - Chewy you are so funny and I mean that in the nicest & best possible way. The CDs, DVDs, LPs, 45s..... and the books are all in Alpha order but that has nothing to do with me ;-)

But the thread is now almost 3 years old...... and AWS is fully aware of "The Rules"

Always open to compromise though - maybe. Just thought it was a good resource which might be more easily found if in the Local History section. Perhaps it could go in both?

#6 ChewderOde

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 11:43 PM

Ah OK - fairplay - I didnee realise that - - 3 years old ? - so are they celebrating it being 203? - not a biggy on most people's calendar! - in that case - its in the archival cesspitt of local history - I know when I is wrong - curling up under me bushel guvnor!