Barging Through London
16mm film Black & White Silent 1924 9:00
Summary: A barge journey through London covering the passage from Limehouse Basin.
Title number: 736
Description: An interest film which takes a journey on a horse drawn canal barge carrying coal from the River Thames to the Paddington Basin. The journey begins at the Regent's Canal Dock (now known as Limehouse Basin) where sail ships are visible in the background. The barge continues through the Commercial Road lock and travels past the back gardens and wharves of East London. It travels under Mile End Bridge and on through Whitechapel past the junction with the Hereford Union Canal and on to Old Ford Lock. The journey onwards goes past rural looking scenes of back gardens on the canal side and through Hackney to Acton's Lock and on to the City Basin. A steam powered tug pulls the barge through the Islington Tunnel. A different barge travels on under Thornhill bridge on to the King's Cross area (the King's Cross Cinema (now the Scala)) is visible in the background). The barge travels on through St. Pancras Basin and Kentish Town Lock, past the lockkeeper's cottage and through Hampstead Road Lock. Next it passes Cumberland Basin and goes under the London and North Western Railway line (now the Chiltern Main Line) before entering the Regent's Park area and passing London Zoo. A trip through Eyre's Tunnel leads on to Paddington Basin by the Edgware Road where it ends its journey amongst many other barges.
Credits: Director: Harry B. Parkinson; Director: Frank Miller
Further information: Part of the 'Wonderful London' film series.
Keywords: Canals; Haulage
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Hackney; Tower Hamlets; Limehouse; Mile End Old Town; Islington; City of Westminster; Paddington; Regent's Park; Camden; Kentish Town