A map of the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal
The map displays a range of services available on the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.
A brief history of the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal
|Canal length :||6.1 miles|
|Boat Length :||72ft|
The Aylesbury Canal Arm was completed in 1815. It runs from Marsworth Junction for 10km to Aylesbury.
The canal has 16 locks and drops a total of 95 feet. The project took 20 years to complete, 17 years of negotiations and 3 years to build.
The completion of the canal had a profound effect on the economy of Aylesbury and the surrounding district. The cast of both bringing commodities into the area and also exporting them out of the area was reduced dramatically. As soon as the canal opened the price of coal halved.
The advent of the railways and the subsequent competition inevitably eroded the profitability of the canal in the early 20th century. But for the opening of a canal boat hire company and the concerted efforts of the Aylesbury Canal Society, the canal may well have closed.
Other attractions in te area are:
- Buckinghamshire County Museum
- Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
- Limelight Theatre
- Roald Dahl Gallery
- Waddesdon Manor
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