Lee Navigation – the old order at Waltham

The Lee Navigation once connected into the actual River Lea for a short distance from a point just above the M25 at Rammey Marsh as far as the Hazlemere marina footbridge. From here one could indeed reach Waltham Abbey along a branch of the River Lea as well as boat…

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The Lee Navigation – Rammey Marsh and Waltham Abbey

The lock and 1835 iron bridge at Rammey Marsh. This section of the Lee Navigation was the last to be constructed outside of London, and the date on Rammey Marsh bridge gives the date of completion. It replaced the entire river section from Enfield to Waltham Abbey. Rammey Marsh is…

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The Lee Navigation – Brimsdown to Enfield Lock

The noted covered wharf at Brimsdown – the only example left in London on a through waterway. The Lee Navigation (actually as the Enfield Mill Stream/Turkey Brook) gently winds a bit for a change. Its difficult to avoid the industry along the entire length from Ponders End to Enfield –…

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The Lee Navigation – Through Tottenham and Edmonton

The River Lea continues from Springfield Park past moored boats belonging to the local marina and the remnants of industry that gave the navigation some of its work. New housing around Ferry Lane has given the waterway a different chracter. At Tottenham locks the River Lea departs from the navigation…

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The Lee Navigation – Hackney Canal & Springfield

The River Lea leaves the navigation at this point. As one’s boat enters Old Ford locks, technically they are on a canal. This was known sometimes as the Hackney canal (or Hackney Navigation Cut). From here to Hertford its 24 miles – 19 miles of which is actually a canal….

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An introduction to the Lee Navigation (River Lea)

The Lee Navigation was actually built in stages from the 1600’s to the Mid 1800’s, with the main body of the work being undertaken in the 1770’s to build new lengthy canal sections to shorten the route between the Thames and Hertford The River Lea rises near Luton, and for…

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The Hertford Union (or Ducketts) Canal

A short-cut from the Regent’s to the Lea/Lee Also known as Ducketts Canal as the main text will explain. The Hertford Union is the shortest canal in the capital, and the only one that has all its locks grouped together. It forms part of the mini London canal ring. (This…

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Other towpath projects – Hackney, Lee Valley, Grand Union

Other towpath projects Hackney’s unique towpath projects Another type preferred by Hackney – ‘Canal Markers’ Canal Marker with detail giving us the scheme’s origins. Canal Markers were specific to the Hackney section of the Regents Canal, and despite being labelled as ‘British Waterways’ they were actually comissioned by the LB…

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London Canals' Archive Pictures

The ‘Old Order’ in London This page looks at some old London canal scenes. The Thames isnt actually a canal but the pics are of interest so they are included as it was an IWA cruise that was making its way to the National Waterways Rally in Osterley Park, near…

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