Herculean task

Published: Thursday, 16 September 2021

I TOOK a copy of John Hassell's excellent book 'A tour of the Grand Junction Canal in 1819' with me on holiday recently, writes Howard Clarke.

From page 27 it read:

'In the spring of the year there is a general stoppage along the whole length of the canal, for the purpose of cleansing the bottom; at this time the stream is drained into its reservoirs and other channels: and in one week the Herculean task of removing myriads of filth, mud and rubbish, from its bottom, is accomplished through a distance of nearly a hundred miles'.

Pity the practice stopped!