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It received its Act in 1793, but by 1797 funds had run out with construction halted at Debdale, some 6 miles from Market Harborough.
There progress rested until, in 1805, a further Act was obtained authorising the Canal to be extended to Market Harborough, which it reached in 1809, some miles short of and with no prospect of ever reaching Northamptonshire, let alone its county town.
Churches, manor houses, stately homes (together with their occupants and artworks), villages, towns and historical events all come under his pen.
But, with the exception of Paddington Basin, canal wharves, their operators and the nature and extent of their trade go unnoticed, as do the boatmen; perhaps in Hassells day such subjects were too mundane to be worthy of recording.
There are three significant aqueducts ― Benjamin Bevans Great Ouse Aqueduct (1811); the New Bradwell Aqueduct at Milton Keynes (1991); and Brunels Three Bridges Aqueduct (1859) at Southall.
On the Paddington Arm there is a further significant aqueduct across Londons North Circular Road, the present structure dating from 1993 when the road was widened.
Commencing at Braunston Junction, the Grand Junction Canal heads in an easterly direction, ascending a flight of six locks to reach the first of its two summit levels, before passing through Braunston Tunnel (2,040yds).
The Daventry and Drayton reservoirs to the south of the Canal act as feeders for the 3 mile Braunston summit pound.
In 1819 the travel writer and watercolourist John Hassell published an illustrated account of a journey from London to Braunston along the route of the Grand Junction Canal.
 During the 1930s, the Company invested heavily in improving its Braunston to Birmingham section in an attempt to regain trade from the railways.
The waterway was widened and deepened, and new wider locks and bridges constructed, but as the Company could not afford to extend these improvements over the entire main line to London, their plan to use larger craft (12ft 6in beam wide boats) on the route failed to materialise.
There are also numerous small aqueducts, including three that carry the Slough Arm over the Frays and Colne rivers and the interesting Kilburn Aqueduct (now a part of the Ranelagh sewer), which lies buried beneath the Paddington Arm near Little Venice.
――――♦―――― At Braunston, the Grand Junction and Oxford canals meet at an unusual triangular junction.