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Croydon Canal

The Croydon Canal ran from Croydon to New Cross on the Grand Surrey Canal, but had a short life span – being the first canal to be closed by an Act of Parliament so that it’s line could be converted into a railway.

Map showing the Croydon Canal

Facts & Stats


The Croydon Canal opened in 1809 and closed in 1836.  It was the first canal to be abandoned by an Act of Parliament

9.3 miles

The canal was 9.3 miles long (14.9km) when navigable

28 locks

The Croydon Canal had 28 locks

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.