Lea Bridge to Ponders End

The Hackney Cut merges with the old River Lea at Lea Bridge where, in the 19th century, the East London Waterworks Company built a clean water supply facility. The old River Lea diverges again from the navigation at Ferry Lane, Tottenham, and the two waterways run more or less parallel to each other from there all the way to Rye House in Hertfordshire where they once again converge near the junction with the the River Stort. 


2017. Lea Bridge Waterworks where the Hackney Cut rejoins the old River Lea.

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1990. James Latham & Co.'s timber yard on the west bank of the River Lea north of Lea Bridge Road.

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2017. The King's Head footbridge provides access to Walthamstow Marshes (left) from Lower Clapton. The new housing on the opposite bank occupies the site of Latham's timber yard.

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2017. Leaside Canoe Club.

2016. The Black Crane at Oak Wharf, South Tottenham, a solitary reminder of this                                                                                                      stretch of the navigation's industrial past.


2017. South of Ferry Lane.

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2015. Tottenham Lock, Ferry Lane.

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2017. Thames sailing barges north of Tottenham Lock.

2016. View of the River Lea and Lee Navigation from Lockwood Reservoir

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2017.  Industrial estates on both sides of the river south of the North Circular Road, Edmonton.

2017. Partially submerged boat at Edmonton.

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2017. Demolition of the Hastingwood Trading Estate on the east bank of the river…..

.. to be replaced by a new logistics park.

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2017. View looking south from the North Circular Road. The nearly-demolished                                                                                                  Hastingwood Trading Estate is on the left.

2016. Under the North Circular Road.

2015. North Circular Road (A406) at Edmonton, looking east 

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2017. E. Roberts Timber Ltd. and the London EcoPark, otherwise known as Edmonton Waste Incinerator.

2015. London EcoPark.


2017. Marshland north of Edmonton


2017. Pipe bridge, North Edmonton


2017. Makeshift accommodation on the east bank south of Pickett's Lock.

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2017. Pickett's Lock.

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2009. Wharf Road Industrial Estate, Ponders End. Ponders End was once heavily industrialised and was the location of the Edison &                               Swan Electric Light Company where the diode valve was invented.

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2017. South Island Marina, Ponders End. The industrial buildings in the photograph above have been replaced by a distribution depot (left).

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2017. Ponders End Lock, looking north. This is the most northerly lock on the Lee Navigation through which vessels over 130 tons can pas

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