Fortunes rise for guillotine gates
BOW BACK RIVERS
THIS UNIQUE LOCK in East London will see boats passing under brand new replicas of its original radial guillotine gates, following the announcement of a £1.75m Lottery-supported package to restore its operating mechanism. Following on from the reopening of the Bow Back Rivers this summer after Olympic legacy work (see CB, April), the reopening of the 1930s Carpenters Road Lock will reinstate the last link in the local network, from the Old River Lee and City Mill River to the Waterworks River.
Believed to be Britain’s only lock built with radial guillotine gates (which pivot upwards rather than rising vertically) at both ends, its restoration is being funded by £ 680,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund plus contributions from the London Legacy Development Corporation and the Inland Waterways Association.
The 12-month restoration will start this year.
Carpenters Road Lock awaits restoration
In 2005 with the derelict 1930s gates still in place