For­tunes rise for guil­lo­tine gates

BOW BACK RIVERS

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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

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