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Filename: aa064515.jpg

Size: 4284 x 4443 (7.1MB)

Date: 14th August 2008

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Hertage Images

Job Title: Photographer

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Grand Union Canal a064515

GRAND UNION CANAL, Little Venice, London. Canal boats moored on the Grand Union Canal at Little Venice, Paddington, looking along the water towards the Westbourne Terrace Road Bridge. Photographed by John Gay sometime between January 1962 - May 1964

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Media ID 1195418

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Boat Leisure Recreation Water


FEATURES IN THESE COLLECTIONS

> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Landscapes > Miscellany

> Transport > Inland waterways

> Transport > Ships and boats > Inland boating


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the serene beauty of the Grand Union Canal at Little Venice in London, as it was in the early 1960s. Taken by renowned photographer John Gay between January 1962 and May 1964, the image presents a tranquil scene of canal boats moored along the water's edge. The reflection of the clear blue sky and the lush greenery of the surrounding trees and shrubs are perfectly mirrored on the calm canal surface. The Grand Union Canal, also known as the Grand Junction Canal, is a historic waterway that connects London to the Midlands and the north of England. At this point in Paddington, the canal passes through the picturesque area of Little Venice, earning its name due to the charming Italianate architecture and the network of waterways that crisscross the area. The photograph invites us to imagine a simpler way of life, where the gentle sound of lapping water and the sight of colorful boats moored along the canal banks provide a sense of peace and relaxation. The scene is a testament to the enduring appeal of waterways as a source of recreation and leisure, and the image has become a cherished record of a bygone era. John Gay's photograph is an important document of London's history and a reminder of the beauty and tranquility that can be found in the heart of the city. The image invites us to take a moment to appreciate the simple pleasures of nature and the enduring charm of the Grand Union Canal.

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