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1812 The Regents Canal Co was incorporated.
The Regents Canal was completed in 1820, and is often referred to as London's Own Canal. It is 8.5 miles long, and circles London with the Thames. It has been consistently busy since its completion.
1860 A proposal to convert the canal into a railway was put forward by John Bell
1867 The company constructed the Improvement Walls at Limehouse Basin, connecting to the canal and building an entrance lock including erection of new wharves, warehouses, and sheds, for landing and storing goods. Mr Edwin Thomas, M.I.C.E . was the engineer-in-chief, and the resident engineer Mr John Blackbourn
The wrought iron gates, swing bridge, cranes, sluices and other machinery were designed and constructed by Sir William Armstrong.
Contrary to normal practice, the company carried out the work themselves.