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Kensington Canal

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1837. Railway gallery under the Canal near Holsden Green, Middlesex, Birmingham, Bristol and Thames Junction Railway.

The canal ran from the Thames at Counter's Creek, Chelsea, to a basin in Kensington.

1828 The canal opened in September.The canal was a failure but it was thought a railway connection might help it.

Originally it was planned that the Great Western Railway would join the London and Birmingham Railway near the present Willesden Junction and run over the London and Birmingham's lines to a common terminus at Euston-square. A branch line was proposed from the meeting place to the Kensington Canal as a feeder to both lines.

1836 The Birmingham, Bristol and Thames Junction Railway was formed; an Act of Parliament was obtained on June 21st,1836; the purchase of the Kensington Canal was one of the conditions laid down for the new railway but there was no role for the canal in the evolving era of the railways.

1837 An experimental section of Atmospheric Railway was laid beside the canal but this proved unsuccessful/

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Sources of Information

  • The Engineer 1901/12/27