Berkhamsted Castle | The Grand Junction Canal

Berkhamsted Castle

1798: The Grand Junction Canal

As the Industrial Revolution gets underway, the Grand Junction Canal Company builds a new canal between the Midlands and London, passing right in front of Berkhamsted Castle. Peacock & Willetts boat-building yard is established at the new Castle Wharf, and the first vessel to be launched in 1801 is a river barge named Berkhamsted Castle, beginning a 125-year tradition of boat-building.


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