From Economist.com Correspondet’s Diary: ‘WALKING home from Peckham town centre, I often detour down the tree-lined walkway along the old Grand Surrey Canal. Completed in 1811, it was intended to link the Thames at Rotherhithe with Surrey. It only made it as far as Peckham. Industry, notably timberyards and lime kilns, grew along its banks.
In the early 1970s, the canal, by then derelict and filthy, was filled in. Although I never saw it, I mourn for it…’