Chart­ing the changes along the cap­i­tal’s wa­ter­ways and con­trast­ing the scenes of three decades ago with to­day’s canal scene

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There have been many changes to Lon­don’s canals since wa­ter­ways en­thu­si­ast Tim Lewis first be­gan pho­tograph­ing the cap­i­tal’s nav­i­ga­tions in the 1980s and early 1990s. Locks in East Lon­don have been res­cued from dere­lic­tion, many once-empty stretches of wa­ter are now full of boats, the 2012 Olympics have made their mark, and al­most ev­ery­where old in­dus­try has been re­placed by mod­ern de­vel­op­ment – not al­ways to ev­ery­one’s taste. We’ve been back to the same lo­ca­tions Tim pho­tographed to­day, to try to match his pic­tures as closely as pos­si­ble with new shots of the same views to­day – here are a se­lec­tion show­ing what’s changed on the Lon­don wa­ter­ways scene, and what’s stayed the same.

PADDING­TON BASIN: in 1990 St Mary’s Hospi­tal looked out across the basin to an empty space where ware­houses and fac­to­ries had been de­mol­ished, and the only mod­ern fea­ture was the foot­bridge. To­day it’s dwarfed by new build­ings in­clud­ing the Marks &...

CAM­DEN LOCK: in 1984 rev­ellers from the Mar­ket could hang around on the lock­sides; to­day rail­ings keep them at bay. Wa­ter­side fac­to­ries have given way to new de­vel­op­ments - if you can see them for the wil­low trees af­ter 34 years of growth

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