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Description: Runs from the GU Paddington Branch at Little Venice to Limehouse basin (formerly Regent's Canal Dock) where it connects with the Thames and the River Lee.
History: Regent Canal Company formed in 1812 and the canal opened in 1820.
Points of Interest: Includes a length through London Zoo.
See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.
He was aked by the City of London to survey a line for a canal from Moorfields to Waltham Abbey and from Moorfields to Marylebone. The line he proposed followed in part the same line as the Regent's Canal was to take, particularly in the curve to Islington but was to pass under the Pentonville Road and over the New River near Sadler's Wells.
Regent Canal Company formed.
Appearing for E B Portman in oposition to the Regent's Canal Bill he estimated the cost for the canal as £506,697.
10th August 1812
He was appointed engineer with a salary of £1,000 a year.
A report on his "invention for saving lockage water" which he had patented the previous year. This he described as "the hydro-pneumatic lock".
7th June 1815
He reported that there were some leaks in his hydro-pneumatic locks but every other part had been proved. This did not convince everyone and his locks were replaced by single conventional locks the next year.
He surveyed the canal on behalf of the Exchequer Bill Loan Commissioners who agreed to lend £200,000 for the completion of the canal if £100,000 was raised by shares and that the company supplied any additional money needed to complete the work.
He left the company.
While serving as company engineer he suggested building a railway along the canal to link the London northern railway termini with the docks. Sufficient subscriptions for this scheme were not raised.
He was asked by the company to report on a scheme for converting their canal to a railway. He estimated it would cost £685,000 to build a line from Paddington station to the Regent's Canal Dock, using the line of the canal where ever possible, with a branch to the West India Dock.
He and William Radford prepared a plan for a railway to run beside the canal from Kings Cross to the Regent's Canal Dock but the proposal did not get past the draft bill stage.
He and John Fowler prepared a plan for a railway to run beside the canal from Kings Cross to the Regent's Canal Dock but the proposal did not get past the draft bill stage.
Canal Cats by Cicely Fraser-Simpson , Published by Blackie & Son Ltd . A small book, set on the Regents Canal, that will apeal to children and cat lovers
London's Canal by Herbert Spencer , Edition: 1st edition 103 pages, Published by Putnam & Co. Ltd . An Illustrated History of the Regent's Canal.
Discovering London's Canals by Derek Pratt , Published by Shire Publications Ltd.