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Friday, June 18, 2010

Secret Tunnel

Shot with Olympus E620
This is the entrance of the Regents Canal to the Islington Tunnel, which is almost 1Km long! When it was first opened in 1820, bargees used to have to navigate the tunnel by lying on their backs on their barges and pushing the barge along with their feet. Read about it here. And the "secret" bit over the last few days is because I doubt many Londoners know of their existence or significance. Save my educated and informed visitors, of course.

posted by Ham at 05:25 -- Comments here: 3

Comments on "Secret Tunnel"

 

Blogger Alan S> said ... (07:03) : 

It's a lovely quiet and secluded spot, surprising given the closeness of the road above.

I used to fish here as a lad in the 1960's - pulled quite a few roach out! impossible now as it's a mooring station for numerous barges.

 

Blogger Steve said ... (12:25) : 

Pushing the barge along while lying on your back was known as 'legging' . This is the origin of the phrase 'legging it'.

 

Blogger Lady Penelope said ... (17:16) : 

Didn't know which way to leave a comment, old or new...I usually plump for old...!! Love this pretty and history filled walkway. If only that bridge could talk, x

 

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