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Meridi an Cuttin g s Issue No. 002

September 2012

The newsletter of the North & East and South London branches of The Inland Waterways Association

Campaigning for the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the Inland Waterways



elcome to the September edition of Meridian Cuttings which, in line with the year we are enjoying, is something of a ‘historic’ issue. By the time you read this the Olympics will have passed into history but, with its legacy still in the melting pot, to keep you focused on how the IWA can influence the outcome, Roger Squires shares some wonderful photographs he took from the Thames Cablecar, launched in June, and during his visit to the Olympic Park in July - see page 13.

Although the summer took a long time to arrive and it may be cooling off again now, don’t forget there are still waterways events which need your help and support: South London will be taking its Waterways Game and sales stand to Eltham, The Angel Festival (North & East London will be there too), the Mayor’s Thames Festival, Lambeth Country Fair and The Great River Race at Ham. There’s Wendover’s Walk an Arm’s Length and The Slough Canal Festival. So wherever you are, you can make the IWA’s presence felt by lending a hand - see pages 5, 6, 7 and 15. Your Committees need you! South London needs a Treasurer and both branches need more Committee members - if you can spare some time in convivial company every couple of months do please contact Alan or Tim.

I should like to thank Roger Squires and Roger Wilkinson for their contributions, ideas and tireless support - without which Meridian Cuttings would be much briefer - and David Bowker for the super maps on the back cover. Don’t just leave it to them - your contributions are important! Christine



A view from the Chairs 3 South London Sales 5 Welcome new members 5 Angel Festival 6 Slough Festival 7 IWA with London Walks Programme 7 Branch Socials 8 Thames Tideway Tunnel 9

Page 100 years of history afloat - Ilkeston 10 The Regent’s Canal 12 Tercentenary of Newcomen’s Engine 12 History in the Making 13 Committee Members 14 Wendover: Walk an Arm’s Length 15 How to get to branch socials 16

Front cover photo: The Olympic Park by R. Squires The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of The Inland Waterways Association or of the London Region or its branches. They are, however, published as being of interest to our members and readers. The IWA accepts no liability for any matter within this magazine, including adverts. Editor: Christine L Smith, 41 Jubilee Avenue, Twickenham, TW2 6JA. Tel: 020 8255 1581 or Mob: 07774 890 750. Email: Published by the IWA, N & E and South London Branches at: Island House, Moor Road, Chesham HP5 1WA Tel: 01494 783453 -2-

A View from the Chair From The Region Chairman, Paul Strudwick I have been your Region Chairman for nearly a year now. A lot has happened in that time and I have enjoyed getting round to meet you all at branch meetings. We have seen the launch of the Canal & River Trust in July and have run a successful campaign to keep Commercial Road Lock and hence a safe passage for boats going to and from the Lee during the Olympics. The Region has also made a number of donations including two of £500 one to the Wendover Arm Trust and the other to the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. Some people have said to me “isn’t IWA redundant now that the C&RT has been formed and are going to run the waterways”. They have even suggested that IWA has become C&RT’s lapdog. My answer is always NO. We are hopefully looking at the end of the beginning of our long campaign for a national waterways trust but there is a long way to go. The presence of boats makes navigable waterways distinctive and attractive to a wide range of users. We believe that effective maintenance of our waterways for navigation is fundamental to encouraging leisure use by the widest range of people, including users of both the waterspace and the bankside. Navigation requires the maintenance of navigable depth to set standards, both for safe passage of boats and to promote the establishment and conservation of aquatic life, together with the maintenance of a stable bank and towpath so that all users can benefit from safe access to the waterways. WE will continue to campaign to maintain and improve access to all waterways. London Region is a large area and we have a number of campaigns going on. A few examples might give you an idea of what we are doing. To the west of London we have a continuous campaign to ensure the Slough arm is dredged to allow broad beam boats to get to Slough. In the north we continue to support the Wendover Trust raise money to carry on the restoration of the Arm - particularly important this year as they have had to cancel their main fundraising event due to the Diamond Jubilee. Out in the east we continue to maintain and run IWA’s only waterway the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. This is a continuing demand on volunteers’ time but allows us to show how a charity can run a canal. Finally in Central London we are supporting C&RT in manning Commercial Road Lock during the Olympic Period. We need more help for this, and all our campaigns, so if you can spare a few hours a month please get in touch with your branch chairman or with me. Paul Region Chairman

The IWA’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant Team assembled at West India Dock



From North & East London Branch Chairman, Tim Lewis The branch was pleased to see that our Branch Secretary, Roger Squires, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his service to Inland Waterways. Also, former branch member Beryl Windsor has been awarded the BEM for services to the Angel Canal Festival, which is held within the branch area (see page 6). A number of branch members took part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3rd June. It was a very well organised event unfortunately let down by the weather on the day! All praise must go to Andrew Phasey and his team from St Pancras Cruising Club (SPCC) for the organisation of the narrowboat section, which included carrying out rehearsals over the weekends leading up to the event. Branch members also attended the main launch of the Canal and River Trust at Camden on 12th July, the IWA is currently considering impacts of this new organisation on the IWA’s current ways of working. The branch is concerned that the C & RT had shown little commitment to holding User Group meetings. At the time of writing the main Olympic Games are over with mixed reports on the working of the Olympic Transit arrangements. Branch members reported significant transit delays because of Olympic Security Guards’ shift patterns, although the SPCC cruise to Barking Creek went off without incident. We were concerned that the middle lock at Camden was being locked without consultation on this. We are awaiting a formal invite from the ‘harmony’ consultants employed by C & RT to enter into dialogue on the problems of illegally moored and overstaying boats on London’s waterways. The branch has recently made a £500 donation to the Wendover Arm Trust ‘Block Aid’ appeal. The branch recently supported a Waterways Fun Day at Laburnham Boat Club which created considerable goodwill but, as with many events over the summer, suffered from the rain! The branch continues to hold monthly social meetings at the Pirate Castle in Camden. Tim North & East London Branch Chairman Note from Ed: Sincere apologies for the omission of Tim’s item in the last edition - it got lost in the ether in all the excitement of the Jubilee Pageant!

From South London Branch Chairman, Alan Eggby So far this summer the branch stand has raised over £700 from events, a large proportion of this from Eric Garland’s stand at Little Venice, for which we thank him. Alan Furber has now moved and attended his last Committee meeting in May. This has left us with a very small Committee, which urgently needs some new faces. So far, we have had no offers to take on the post of Treasurer from next March. Branch social meetings restart in September and continue to November. This year we have moved the annual Dinner to January, to avoid the busy pre Christmas period after last year’s long wait for service. Therefore there will be no branch social meeting in January 2013.


Alan South London Branch Chairman

South London Sales The branch stand has attended four events since the last newsletter and over this period regular branch members, plus one very good friend of the branch, have helped on the stand. It would be nice to see some other members helping. Five further events are planned over the next few weeks as listed below. Christmas cards and 2013 Calendars are now in stock and will be available at these events and branch socials.

IWA Sales, Waterways Game and Publicity Stand 2012 Planned Events Dates 26th August 2nd September 8th/9th September 15th/16th September 15th September

Eltham August Bank Holiday 11:00 to 18:00 Angel Canal Festival, Islington 11:00 to 17:00 Thames Festival 12:00 to 18:00 Lambeth Country Show, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill 11:00 to 18:00 Great River Race, finish at Ham 12:00 onwards

Alan Eggby

South London’s stand at the Streatham Kite Day in April Photo: A. Eggby

Welcome to all new members Mr D J Fisher London W Mr D & Mrs M Wilson London NW Ms R Hodgson London E Mr S Barham New Plymouth, NZ Mr & Mrs J & B Scott BC, Canada Mr J & Mrs J Schaefer-West Oregon, USA Mr R Varnes Colorado, USA Mr B Price Spain

Mr B & Mrs I O’Neill Auckland, NZ Dr H Rhodes & Mr G Stentford NSW, Australia Mr P & Mrs L Rivett London SE Mr N & Mrs C J Pidler Surrey Mr T & Mrs J Partridge Kent Mr A & Mrs J Strawson Surrey Mrs S Elderkin Surrey Mr D C & Mrs C A Buller Surrey -5-

ANGELIC HELPERS NEEDED! Would you like to get more involved with the Angel Canal Festival? Are you free for a few hours on 2nd September? Contact Beryl Windsor: 01212448439 or 07973504212 or email: Both North & East and South London IWA branches have stands at the Festival - all members are welcome to come along Introduce yourself - and take a turn at being an angelic helper! -6-

Boats & Boaters Needed! SLOUGH CANAL FESTIVAL: 8th/9th September Middlesex Branch is covering the role of Harbour Master, taking their sales stand and providing support to The Friends of Slough Canal, who are working in partnership with Slough Borough Council to organise this year’s Slough Canal Festival. They are inviting all other London Region members to bring their boats to the festival too, as by having more boats at the event we can demonstrate to the Canal & River Trust that this is a used part of the system and that the proposed dredging MUST go ahead. Pass it on - come on down! Contact for more information: Keith Clayton email: telephone: 07504087667

IWA with London Walks Programme Towpath Walks Group is looking for volunteers to guide small parties of walkers on short walks along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal (and elsewhere). This introduces newcomers to the pleasant world of waterways - which most outsiders don’t realise is here! It is also a good way of recruiting new members to the IWA and an excellent method of raising funds for IWA branches in London Region. No experience? No problem, we’ll brief you so, if you’d like to give this a try please contact Roger Wilkinson or Peter Finch - we look forward to hearing from you All dates are Sundays * Start time for all walks is 2.30 p.m.* Normal charge: £9, Concessionary and Student rate: £7 Date               Route                      


        Start (Tube Station)

2 September Paddington Branch GU—Kensal Green – Alperton Kensal Green 16 September Regent’s Canal: Little Venice – Camden Warwick Avenue 7 October Grand Union Canal: Uxbridge – West Drayton Uxbridge 21 October The Olympics, Three Mills & Bow Back Rivers Bromley-by-Bow 4 November Regent’s Canal: King’s Cross—Hitchcock’s Hackney Kings Cross (taxi rank) 18 Nov Regent’s Canal: Kings Cross – Camden Kings Cross (taxi rank) 2 December Regent’s Canal: Mile End – Limehouse Mile End 27 December *Regent’s Canal: Little Venice - Camden Warwick Avenue * Except Thursday 27 December, which starts at 10:30 For more information please contact: Peter Finch: Telephone: 020 8969 9941 Email: Roger Wilkinson: Telephone: 020 8458 9476 Email: -7-

North & East London Socials North and East London Branch Socials, combined with London Region, are held as follows: Time:

19:00 for 19:30


The Pirate Castle Gilbeys Wharf Oval Road London NW1 7EA

Contact for details:

Libby Bradshaw Tel: 020 8874 2787 or email

The next social will be held on Tuesday 18th September. Socials are scheduled on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from January to June and from September to December

South London Socials Our last social before the summer break was on 13th June, when Jeremy Batch, lock keeper at Limehouse, gave us a fascinating talk about the area around his workplace. He showed us by a series of maps how the Regent’s Canal Dock developed over the years, how the locks had changed, the changes to the Limehouse Cut and how the road pattern and industries had altered. When we next visit Limehouse Basin we should now have a better appreciation of our surroundings. On 23rd June the IWA/Norbury & South London Transport Club party was about half the complement of passengers aboard the Kingswear Castle Paddle Steamer as it zigzagged around the Medway estuary visiting various jetties, wharves and creeks. We had good weather, with only a short shower - not bad for this year’s summer. Our programme of socials restarts in September, as listed opposite. Our first speaker Richard Thomas - will be known to many of you and will be talking about the Manchester Ship Canal. Please come and support these meetings - we will be delighted to see some new faces - and some old ones as well! Time:

19:30 for 20:00


The Primary Room United Reformed Church Hall Addiscombe Grove Croydon CR0 5LP

There is good parking adjacent to the hall and excellent transport links via East Croydon train and tram stations Admission to the talks is free to all, members or non members, but a contribution towards room hire is requested. -8-

Contact for details: 12th September 10th October 14th November 18th January 2013

Alan Smith Tel: 020 8255 1581 or email:

‘Manchester Ship Canal’ by Richard Thomas ‘More Travels with my Canoe’ by Roger Wilkinson ‘Wey and Arun Canal’ by John Talbot New Year Dinner, details TBC Alan Smith

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle departing from Chatham Historic Dockyard, 23rd June. Photo: D. Bowker

Thames Tideway Tunnel Finalised proposals for the Thames Tideway Tunnel (the new name for the Thames Tunnel project) have been unveiled for a 12 week public preview. The plans are due to be submitted for scrutiny by the Planning Inspectorate early next year. This independent process will determine whether the project can progress to the construction phase, currently scheduled to get under way 2015/16. From Monday 16th July to 5th October 2012, details of the updated plans will be available on the Thames Tunnel Consultation website. Hard copies will be available at town halls in the 14 potentially directly affected boroughs. The project team has identified 24 preferred construction sites, from Acton in the west to Abbey Mills in Stratford, in the east. There the proposed 15 mile tunnel ... would join up with the Lee Tunnel, already under construction. From 13th July adverts publicising the revised proposals for tackling the 34 most polluting discharge points through central London will run in local papers along the proposed tunnel route, in line with the requirements of the Planning Act (2008). Thames Water have published their Section 48 notice in a number of newspapers. For more information go to: or call the 24 hour helpline: 0800 0721 086 Edited extract from ‘Tideway Times’ Summer 2012, published by Thames Water.


100 Years of History Afloat

Ilkeston at Braunston Photo: Tim Lewis

Ilkeston is a historic boat making the journey from the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire to the London Canal Museum as a centenary celebration of her life on the waterways, and as a thank you to the London Canal Museum who have generously supported her recent restoration. Various celebrities are taking part in the event and she is due to arrive at the Canal Museum, near King’s Cross, on 23rd August. Because of the length of this journey, Ilkeston is being towed by a relay of engine-powered boats crewed, in the main, by volunteers from the Boat Museum Society, at the National Waterways Museum, and Rickmansworth Waterways Trust. About Ilkeston Ilkeston is a horse-drawn narrow boat, built in 1912 by Braithwaite and Kirk of West Bromwich as one of 24 iron composite craft ordered by Fellows Morton and Clayton Ltd. The construction used all riveted iron plate sides on forged iron frames and with an elm bottom. The boats were delivered between May 1912 and April 1914 at a cost of £190 each and would have been used for carrying general goods on the canal system. Ilkeston was built at a time when engine power was beginning to replace horses. With no means of self-propulsion, Ilkeston was later used as a ‘butty’ and would almost certainly have been towed by steam-powered narrow boats like President and, later, the motor boats owned and operated by the company. - 10 -

Heritage Boatyard The Heritage Boatyard Partnership brings together representatives from the National Waterways Museum, the Boat Museum Society, The Waterways Trust, West Cheshire College, and the National Historic Ships Register. Aims of the Partnership are to conserve the national historic collection of the Museum, and to establish a training and skills centre involving young people to work on the boats and, in the future, on non-collection working boats. Ikeston’s restoration work has been carried out by the Boatyard staff, volunteers, and Heritage Lottery Fund supported Boatyard trainees. National Waterways Museum The National Waterways Museum is operated by The Waterways Trust, a registered charity, and is home to the national collection of historic inland waterways boats. The Museum is supported by, and works in partnership with, the Boat Museum Society who founded the Boat Museum (now the National Waterways Museum) and whose volunteer members are involved in all aspects of the Museum’s activities. London Canal Museum London Canal Museum is an independent museum in the heart of London, located near King’s Cross station alongside Battlebridge Basin, Regent’s Canal. The building is a former ice warehouse with two large commercial ice wells preserved below ground so, in addition to telling the story of London’s canals, it also tells the story of the Victorian trade in natural ice from Norway that once kept London’s food cool. The Museum is active in education, offering a range of programmes to schools, and activities for families. There are regular evening talks, towpath walks, and other special events including tunnel boat trips in summer. Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Established in 1991, Rickmansworth Waterways Trust is a Heritage Education Charity serving the community near Rickmansworth in SW Hertfordshire. In supporting the journey of Ilkeston they are meeting one of their main objectives, being to allow people to experience and understand the heritage of the waterways and the boats and people who made them work. The Route through London Ilkeston will be horse-drawn through London on the last leg of its journey. The route is through the outskirts of Regent’s Park, Camden Locks, St. Pancras, to King’s Cross and is due to arrive at the Canal Museum at 13:00 where the broadcaster Kate Adie will officially welcome the boat to the museum for its month-long stay. For more information and photographs please go to: and With thanks to Martin Sach of the London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road, Greater London N1 9RT; telephone: 020 7713 0836; Roger Squires, Roger Wilkinson and Tim Lewis.

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The Regent’s Canal Two hundred years ago, on 13th July 1812, the Regent’s Canal Act received the Royal Assent. The Regent’s Canal was seen as part of a major new highway for freight between London Docks, north London and the Midlands, and a big improvement on the old route via the Oxford Canal and the Thames. John Nash, the architect, is famous for his work on Buckingham Palace, Regent Street and Regent’s Park. He was also a driving force in promoting the Regent’s Canal. While his bust looks south from his All Souls Church, down the length of Regent Street, he is very well remembered for working with James Morgan, Thomas Homer and others to overcome all sorts of problems to get the Regent’s Canal approved and built. Although the canal took a further eight years before it was fully opened, 1812 is a key date in the story. Roger Wilkinson Wednesday September 5th: Friends of Regent’s Canal Public Meeting. Find out what changes are happening on your canal and how you can get involved. Hear about litter, wildlife, accessibility and other issues. 7pm to 9pm, London Canal Museum, 12-13 New Wharf Road, N1 9RT. For more information visit or contact Ian Shacklock, email:, telephone: 07980 599854

Tercentenary of Newcomen’s Engine In September this year it will be 300 years since Thomas Newcomen invented the atmospheric engine which bore his name. Initially used in the West Midlands - and subsequently throughout Britain and Europe - to pump out water from deep mine workings, it heralded the start of the industrial revolution. The coal thus produced was the main cargo carried on canals. Newcomen’s engine was only replaced when James Watt improved it in 1769. Watt’s design did not eliminate Newcomen engines immediately, however. Watt’s vigorous defence of his patents resulted in the desire to avoid royalty payments as far as possible. The expiry of the patents led to a rush to install Watt engines in the 1790s, and Newcomen engines were eclipsed, even in collieries. Roger Wilkinson / Wikipedia Photo: - 12 -

History in the Making Historic views of the Olympic Park and other iconic areas, taken by Roger Squires Clockwise from top left: The Dome viewed from cablecar; Gloriana in the Olympic Park; Waterworks River; Thames Barrier from cablecar; Bow Back River

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Committee Members

Role North & East London Chairman

Deputy Chairman

South London

Tim Lewis 5 Herongate Road Wanstead, London E12 5EJ Tel: 020 8530 0425 / 07802 518094 Email:

Alan Eggby 137 Strathyre Avenue London SW16 4RH Tel: 020 8764 8194 Email: Libby Bradshaw Ground Floor Flat, 61 West Side, Wandsworth Common, London SW18 2ED Tel: 020 8874 2787 Email:



Roger Squires 46 Elephant Lane Rotherhithe, London SE16 4JD Tel: 020 7232 0987 Email:

Lesley Pryde 2 Hepworth Road Streatham, London SW16 5DQ Tel: 020 8679 9866 / 07787 372408 Email:


Ian Israel 32 Walfield Avenue London N20 0PR Tel: 020 8446 1823 Email:

Dorothy Robbie 23 Porcupine Close Mottingham, London SE9 3AE Tel: 020 8857 6367 Email:

Jenny Nunes 63 Salisbury Road Barnet, Herts Tel: 020 8440 8962 Email:

Alan Smith 41 Jubilee Avenue Twickenham TW2 6JA Tel: 020 8255 1581 Email:

Social Secretary

Publicity Officer & Newsletter Editor

Membership Secretary

Committee Members

Christine Smith 41 Jubilee Avenue Twickenham TW2 6JA Tel: 020 8255 1581 / 07774 890 750 Email: Alex Nunes (contact details as above)

Jane Davey 30 Siddons Road, Croydon CR0 4JR Tel: 020 8680 2213

Roger Wilkinson 2 Lytton Close, N2 0RH Tel: 020 8458 9476 Email: roger9796\


Sally Naylor 21 Pitchford Street, Stratford, E15 4RZ Tel: 020 8519 7481 Email: Ex-Officio as Region Chairman


Paul Strudwick 40 Fifth Avenue Chelmsford CM1 4HD Tel: 01245 358342 / 07885 240291 Email: Planning & Navigation Committee: Wandle Valley developments: Deptford Creek developments:

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How to get to North & East London’s Social Meetings: Chalk Farm 200 yards


to Kentish Town Archway and A1

to Hampstead Heath


The Roundhouse

RD. 24, 31, 168

24, 31, 168



Hawley Lock


Camden Lock Market


Kentish Town Lock


Morrisons The Pirate Castle

IWA meet here Railway line

Nearest bus stops

A503 to Finsbury Park

Oxford Arms PH

Holiday Inn



Hampstead Road Lock

Camden Road 300 yards 88 134, 214

24, 27, 29, 88 134, 168 214, 253

Camden Town 274, C2

Tube station Overground station

to King’s Cross

29, 253

How to get to South London’s Social Meetings: to Addiscombe

to West Croydon and Selhurst A212

East Croydon station

Wellesley Road Whitgift Centre

George Street to High Street

X26 64, 119, 194, 198, 466, T33 and bus stn.

to Shirley, West Wickham and Bromley

Lebanon Road

Croydon Park Hotel Crown Court



Park Hill

to South Croydon


United Reformed Church



to A23 (Waddon)

IWA meet here

No. 1 Croydon

Croydon College Magistrates Fairfield Court

Town Hall

197 312 367 410

197 312 367 410

Tram line Railway line

Nearest bus stops Bus station

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