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Date(s) - 10th December 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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The Briar Rose Hotel


An illustrated talk by LESTER HILLMAN.   The Regent’s Canal first opened in the Summer of 1816, this timely presentation two centuries on will plunge its murky depths. Wars, crime, frauds and fights will be bought to the surface. The connection between the City of London and the Grand Union to Birmingham faced stormy waters and there were riots in early December 1816. More recent dramas will also be explored including phantom pubs, hoaxes, graffiti wars, piracy, espionage and minor infringements of the town and country planning regulations. Our speaker has been involved in this canal ‘s infrastructure for more than four decades including power cabling and railways interfaces, regulatory issues, heritage, leisure and sports. A lecturer, writer and walk leader he has advised on recent radio and TV initiatives and is a volunteer at the London Canal Museum at King’s Cross.