Posted on Nov 10 2011 at 02:47:41 PM in Regions
When the only roads were Roman, the London canal system was the veins to the Thames’ main artery. The life blood of the industrial revolution, these man-made watery furrows pumped the fuel of modernity to the heart of England. Today, the genteel sway of moored houseboats echo faintly with the ghostly clatter of hooves in memory of the shire horses that once pulled the cargoed barges along the water.
Little Venice is the point where Regent’s Canal meets the Grand Union Canal and is located in the Maida Vale area of London. The canal is lined with weeping willows and flanked by elegant stucco Regency mansions, many designed by the celebrated architect John Nash. Colourful houseboats and barges with window boxes spilling over with floral arrangements overlook the ducks, geese and occasional heron dotted along the canal.
The Regent’s Canal was originally built to link the Grand Union’s Paddington arm with the Thames. It was named after the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV, and opened in 1820.