I began to notice these stretches of open ground when I took a photo of a small building in Ruislip Road East because it stood in one that lined up with another on the other side of the road. Both had gates and fences like this one. A look at the satellite map of the area showed a number of them in Greenford linked together by areas that could be distinguished because nothing was built on them. Along with my partner I began to speculate about what they were. A road? An abandoned railway line? A former canal? Sadly the truth was more prosaic. This is part of London’s water system, kept clear of any development other than roads to allow access. Most of these places have the same lovely gates, covered in weathered green paint, in various states of repair. The new gates across the road from these aren’t as attractive. See how far you can follow the line of the main on the satellite map.
I would have preferred a lost canal.
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