When London Became An Island

A large new office block now stands by the side of the Maiden Lane bridge, partly built with steel girders transported along the canal, which helped reduce road congestion. When the Regents Canal project was being considered by a House of Lords committee in 1811 the reduction of road congestion in London was one reason put forward by its sponsors, so, two centuries years on, their arguments are still being proved correct.

Battlebridge Basin (1) lies close to  the bridge. This was originally known as Horsfall’s Basin and was partially constructed with earth excavated from Islington tunnel. It was from this point, in 1820, that the convoy of boats which celebrated the opening of the canal embarked. As such it is a fitting place for a museum and the London Canal Museum, which constantly celebrates the canal, has adjacent premises.

If you want to end your walk  at Kings Cross, but would like to visit the museum before you go home, walk up to Maiden Lane bridge, cross it and then start to walk down to Kings Cross railway station. After a couple of hundred yards you will see Wharfdale Road leading off to the left. Walk down here and look out for New Wharf Road on the left. The canal museum (2) is on the left a short way along. Kings Cross railway station has access to the Tube but those who want to continue the walk should click on the blue button below.

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