Over 120 people from the Forest Hill Society and Sydenham Society celebrated the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Croydon Canal with a walk from Sydenham station to Forest Hill station, via the last remaining section of the canal in the area in Dacres Wood.
Steve Grindlay provided the historical details with stops along the route and a talk and slide show at the Hob.
We had traditional bargeman's songs along the route provided by Andrew King, including a special song composed for the opening of the Canal 200 years ago!
After the walk many of us went to the Dartmouth Arms, where a traditional bargeman's lunch had been prepared of beef or vegetable stew with beer.
If you have other good photos from the day, please send them in for us to include on the website, and we hope to make the slide show available soon. In the meantime, you can read the article on the history of the Canal from our latest newsletter.
Some photos I took, which I tried to post on the se23 forum together with a write-up, but is awaiting moderation:
I took some nice videos--currently in the process of uploading to "Sydenham SE26 Lovers" on Facebook.
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