Film: 3352

Canals + Waterways | 1990 | Sound | Colour

Synopsis:

A travelogue of the Regent's Canal by canal narrowboat, including the history of the canal and the present day sights and sounds.

View from a canal boat as it chugs along the Regent's canal, under bridges etc. Map of Paddington basin. Canalside villas seen from a boat, park land. Boat passes London Zoo. The Pirate Castle and Pirate club for children in Camden. Kids using canoes on the canal. Canal boat lines up to enter Camden Lock. Sign showing Hampstead Road Lock. Woman winding the lock wheel, lock gates opening and water rushing forth. TVAM Breakfast TV studio building beside the canal. Weir on the canal. Close up of iron beams that protect the brickwork on the bridges. Deep grooves can be seen where damage was done by ropes over many years.
Still drawings of a canalside warehouse from 1865. Newspaper headlines of a mayor who visited the warehouse but fell into the canal. Royal Mail headquarters building alongside the Regent's Canal. Midland coal basin now used by the St Pancras cruising club, narrow boats all lined up at the canal's edge.
View of the Imperial Gas Works and St Pancras Station building from the canal. Panning view left to King Cross Station. Battlebridge Basin Islington. A former ice warehouse now houses the London Canal Museum. Sign for the museum. People fishing from the towpath as the boat progresses along the Regent's canal. Islington Tunnel. City Road Basin. City Road Locks. The former Gainsborough Film Studio in Hackney. Rainbow coloured painted sewer pipe arches over the canal. Flowering plants alongside the canal. Kingsland Basin. Grasses growing beside the canal. Kingsland Road - traffic passes over the bridge across the canal.
Burnham Road School mosaics on the canal bridges. Gasworks. Train crosses a rail bridge over the canal. Canal progresses through Tower Hamlets. Victoria Park on either side of the canal. View from the front of the boat back to the woman steering the boat. Bonner Hall Bridge. Old Ford Lock. Hertford Union Canal junction. Mile End Lock and the University student housing alsongside the canal. View of canal front houses. Johnsons Lock and old factories alongside, now a museum. Commercial Road lock, the last along the canal, where boats would enter the docks. Now known as Limehouse Basin. Some barges in the basin. St Anne's Hawksmoor Church in the distance. Tourist canal boat passes. Pleasure craft and narrow boats. People walking along the towpath, graffiti on the stone walls behind them. Two joggers. Fishermen beside the canal. Ducks. A swan that appears to have nested in a pile of garbage in the canal. Two people picnic on a blanket beside the canal.


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