Monday, 24 March 2014

An Urban Wander along the Grand Union Canal from Paddington to Kensal Green

With time on my hands, and a blue sky, there was ever only one place I was going to go when working out of our Paddington office, and that was down the Grand Union Canal. I'd been about as far as the water tower on Ladbroke Grove previously, but today I was determined to go beyond. I walked fairly quickly to my last known spot on the canal, pretty much ignoring anything I came across so I could make best use of my limited time looking at the new stretches.

The first few pictures are of the houses along the Harrow Road which border the canal, which just looked better and better the nearer I got to them.

Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road
Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road

Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road
 Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road

Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road
 Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road

Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road
 Grand Union Canal, near Harrow Road

After I'd finished marveling at the wonderful houses, I caught sight of a gasometer, which is in fact the Kensington Gasworks, and inspired by my current read this became my ultimate destination.

Looking along the Grand Union Canal towards the Kensington Gasworks
Looking along the Grand Union Canal towards the Kensington Gasworks

Looking along the Grand Union Canal towards the Kensington Gasworks
 Looking along the Grand Union Canal towards the Kensington Gasworks

Looking along the Grand Union Canal towards the Kensington Gasworks
 Looking along the Grand Union Canal towards the Kensington Gasworks

Before arriving at the gasworks however, I had to stop and photograph this converted water tower. I remember now I had been this far before but on a very overcast day, and only managed to get a picture from the road. I was much more pleased with today's shot.

Converted Water Tower, Grand Union Canal
Converted Water Tower, Grand Union Canal

Eventually I arrived at what would be my final destination for the day, the Kensington Gasworks.

Kensington Gasworks, London
Kensington Gasworks, London

Kensington Gasworks, London
 Kensington Gasworks, London

Kensington Gasworks, London
 Kensington Gasworks, London

Kensington Gasworks, London
Kensington Gasworks, London 

As I took one last look towards the distance, I wondered what lay just round the next corner of the canal. Unfortunately I had no more time on this wander, so after taking this next picture, I turned around and headed back.

Looking along the Grand Union Canal looking past Kensal Green Cemetery
Looking along the Grand Union Canal looking past Kensal Green Cemetery

Looking along the Grand Union Canal past the Kensington Gasworks
Looking along the Grand Union Canal past the Kensington Gasworks 

Another picture of the converted water tower, this time in the distance.

Converted Water Tower, Grand Union Canal
Converted Water Tower, Grand Union Canal

Just after the water tower, I turned on to Ladbroke Grove and headed towards the tube station. I would have liked to have taken more pictures on the bridge crossing the main line from Paddington but time was not on my side.

Bridge on Ladbroke Grove, London
Bridge on Ladbroke Grove, London

And finally in this urban wander, just time to revisit a ghost sign that I had found last year in awful weather. I was pleased that today's pictures came out clearer. Although despite this, the only words I can really make out are SANITARY and ENGINEER.

Ghost sign in Charles Place, London
Ghost sign in Charles Place, London

Ghost sign in Charles Place, London
Ghost sign in Charles Place, London

So, the end of another rewarding lunch time wander. Sorry for perhaps overdoing the number of pictures in this post, but I was hard pushed to choose.

    

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