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Inventory Site Record

Grand Union Canal Towpath (Paddington Arm) (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

This stretch of the Grand Union Canal Towpath is the canalside walk along the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, which was constructed in 1800 in order to extend the Grand Junction Canal to central London. It has been planted with shrubs and wild flowers to enhance the ecology of the area.

Practical Information
Site location:
Access points: Ladbroke Grove, Harrow Road, Great West Road
Postcode:
W10
What 3 Words:
mostly.stores.hotel
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Cycle Permit (free) from British Waterways (020 7286 6101)
Facilities:
Events:
Events organised by Canal & River Trust - see website
Public transport:
Tube: Westbourne Park (Metropolitan). London Overground/Tube (Bakerloo): Kensal Green.
Research updated:
01/07/2012
Last minor changes:
14/07/2022

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.rbkc.gov.uk; www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Full Site Description

The Grand Union Canal was built in 1800 and originally called the Paddington Canal, in order to extend the existing Grand Junction Canal, which ran to Brentford, with central London. Part of the land through which the Canal was cut was purchased in 1799 from the Bishop of London, after much negotiation by the Chelsea Waterworks Co. The new canal was in use until the early C20th when its importance for transporting goods was superseded by other forms of transport. The section in the borough runs from the west along the south boundary of Kensal Rise Cemetery (q.v.) to Great Western Road, part of its route marking Kensington's borough boundary with Westminster. The canalside land was owned by British Waterways and is maintained by RB Kensington and Chelsea. On 2 July 2012, British Waterways ceased to exist in England and Wales and in its place the Canal & River Trust was set up to care for 2,000 miles of historic waterways.

Sources consulted:

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ230823 (523050,182350)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
Canal & River Trust, leased to RB Kensington & Chelsea
Site management:
RB Kensington & Chelsea Leisure Services, Parks and Open Spaces
Date(s):
1800
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Metropolitan Importance
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Green Chain

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