Virtual open day on Hertford Union Canal

Along the Hertford Union Canal, we've been busy maintaining walls and towpaths in need of repair, which are nearly 200 years old.

At just 2km long, what the Hertford Union Canal lacks in length, it makes up for in charm. It runs alongside leafy Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets, with its lakes, fountain, sculptures, children’s playgrounds, tree trails and cafés. 

Explore our interactive picture, meet our experts and hear how we care for the Hertford Union Canal.

The project videos

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Background information

A major works project in 2010 began a complex programme of repairs beginning in the vicinity of Bonner Hall Bridge (Bridge 53) on the Regent’s Canal, which involved the reconstruction of three sections of collapsed waterway wall of varying lengths up to about 20m. Repair costs for each location were between £175k to £200k reflecting the challenges of enabling access and overcoming restrictions associated with live services.

Our major works programme continued in January 2021, including a detailed survey of the waterway walls, vegetation removal, resetting of coping stones, repairs to the narrows and approach walls of Grove Road Bridge (Bridge 2), repairs to a 25m-long collapsed section of waterway wall, and some 50m length of polyurethane grouting of the towpath side waterway wall.

The work

In 2022, the repair work involved the removal of loose and broken brickwork and masonry, and was either recovered or replaced with new materials. Open joints were repointed with lime mortar.  We have worked hard to make sure the new brickwork and masonry match the original as closely as possible.

Included in the scope of works were repairs to elements of two significant historic structures, both of which are statutorily designated:

  • the narrows and approach walls of Three Colt Bridge (Bridge 4), a scheduled monument and Grade II*-listed building, and
  • the approach walls of Top Lock (Lock 1) a Grade II-listed building.

In addition, there were works at Grove Road Bridge (Bridge 2) and Skew Bridge, Old Ford Road (Bridge 3).

Last date edited: 8 June 2022