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Once boaters have gained the topmost lock they continue westwards towards Southall.
From the top of the Hanwell flight there is a long "pound" past the former Asylum (which used to be called St.
The 4th Earl of Essex who owned Cassiobury Park was one of the noblemen on the board of the canal company; at his insistence the canal was widened and landscaped where it passed through his own property.
The northward view from Iron Bridge (Canal Bridge No. A plaque on the Iron Bridge that was unveiled in 1987 commemorates 200 years of the canal's existence.
The locks together raise the canal by 53ft, in less than half a mile.
As mentioned earlier, the canal dates from the late eighteenth century.
At Bulls Bridge Junction there used to be a famous British Waterways Board yard engaged in maintenance of the canals, now occupied by a giant superstore, very handy for canal boaters who can moor alongside and obtain essential supplies.
The superstore people have restored the canal towpath, planted trees and benches and provided mooring rings.
Once this new route was opened it was always busy, with branch arms being constructed off the main canal to some of the rapidly growing towns, like Aylesbury, Slough, Northampton and Buckingham.
The Grand Union canal was - and is - a wide beam canal, with specially built locks which enabled two narrowboats at a time to rise and fall in the passage through the locks.
Here you find Cassiobury Park much photographed by those on a canal boat holiday and which is now publicly owned.