Old canal

In order to restart the photo smoothly after several months of photographic inactivity, visit the old canal of Péronnes in Hainaut.
It is a remnant of the 26-kilometer long Pommerœul-Antoing canal, which will be replaced by the Nimy-Blaton-Péronnes canal1 in the 1960's.
Inaugurated in 1826, part of its course was built on an imposing embankment dominating several meters the surrounding hamlets. This situation led the engineers to build two giant pumps in Harchies to avoid a possible emptying of the canal (infiltrations, leakage at the locks, evaporation). And to avoid any collapse of the slope, many trees were planted on the banks of the canal, which makes it particularly attractive.

At the place called Morlies, an orchestra was playing for a local party. Strolling along the banks of an abandoned canal in such an environment offers a special atmosphere.

Since its closure in the 70's, its course has been amputated several sections. Either the original route was taken over by the new cannal, or it was simply filled.
Of course, no boat can now roam the waters that have become well calm...

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The old canal at Callenelle. Just after the turn, the canal ends.

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Towards Péronnes. The old drawbridge was replaced by a small concrete sluice.

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The old towpath and, in the distance, the Royal Bridge.

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Lost in the middle of the trees, a station of Way of the Cross.

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The imposing trees planted during the digging of the canal.

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A hen of water looking for food. The canal being abandoned, the local fauna is particularly quiet.

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Lock No. 8 at Morlies.

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The Royal Bridge, named in honor of Willem I, King of the Netherlands, who ordered the construction of the canal. A few months later, he was expelled from Belgium during the revolution of 1830.

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The canal in its trees section, on the imposing embankment.

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The canal towards Péronnes and lock No. 7.

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Lock No. 8.

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At each lock, the doors disappeared in favor of small waterfalls.

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The canal from the Royal Bridge.

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The indifference of people to the fate of the old canal.

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Dating from 1926, the old bridge (3rd reconstruction, the last one after the First World War) would need a good facelift...

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Only a few fishermen still roam the towpaths.

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Formerly there was intense traffic here.

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The massive structure of the Royal Bridge.

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The hamlet of Morlies, since the lock No. 7.

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After the turn, a few more locks and the old confluence (filled) of the Scheldt, at Péronnes.

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The useless lock No. 7.

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The lock keepers and boatmen have given way to fishermen and walkers...

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July 2011

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Note

  1. Canal already mentioned here and there.

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