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Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Canal 1938


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Grand Union Canal 1938

11 mins United Kingdom Director. John C. Elder

This short film explores life on the Grand Union Canal, showing boats operating on the 300 miles of canal. The film explains that despite the introduction of trains and planes, canals remain the best way to transport material around the country, and shows raw materials being taken from London to towns as far as Nottingham, before manufactured goods return via the canal to London for sale or export. Includes footage of barge horses, London tunnels, cabins and London docks.

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Directed by

John C. Elder




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