Map of original route

We have a number of mapping resources ranging from access to the original linen map used to build the canal, through to modern tools.

Linen Map

The original Linen map is held in the Northamptonshire Records office. A preview is shown below. We are limited under copyright as to what we can allow to be done with the scanned copy. Please contact us if you would like to discuss further or contact the Northamptonshire County records office to view the original. its well worth going to see!

Linen Map

This Google Map shows the detail of the original course of Old Stratford and Buckingham arms of the Grand Union Canal…


  • Bridge numbers 1, 2 and 3 were on the Old Stratford Arm. Numbers 1 to 28 were on the Buckingham Arm
  • The tow-path followed the South side of the canal throughout, crossing the junction at Old Stratford on a timber swing bridge (bridge number 3)
  • Bridge number 2 Buckingham Arm, carried Watling Street (A5) over the canal and was known as Old Stratford Tunnel because it was unusually long and had no tow-path under it. The horses had to cross the road above.

You can also see it in full page view.

You can also view this map in Google Maps.