Teachers & Group Leaders

Mapping The Changes At Battlebridge Basin

Key Stage 2


This lesson looks at the history of the Battlebridge Basin and its surroundings over the past 200 years. It traces the changes patterns of land use in the area, from the time when Battlebridge was a village in open countryside, through the construction of the canal and period of rapid urbanisation to the regeneration of the 21st century.

National Curriculum


  • 4 Historical enquiry Local history study
  • 7 QCA Schemes of Work
  • Unit 12 How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?
  • QCA Schemes of Work Unit 18 What was it like to live here in the past?

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the reasons that the canal was built, and the function of Battlebridge Basin as a place of transhipment and storage.
  • To understand the function of the warehouses along the wharves.
  • To explore the complete changes of land use in the area over the past 300 years.


  • All children will learn that land use in the Battlebridge area has changed over the past 300 years.
  • Most children will be able to explain what the major changes were.
  • Some children will be able to explain the reasons behind the changes, such as the advent of the railways, the decline in commercial use of the canals, the rise of leisure boating, and the regeneration of the King's Cross area.
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