London link nears completion
BOW BACK RIVERS
ONE OF TWO new gates built to an unusual radial guillotine design is pictured being craned into East London’s Carpenters Road Lock, in preparation for the reopening of the restored lock in August.
Believed to be the only lock in the country equipped with these gates at both ends, Carpenters Road was built in the 1930s but hardly used for commercial trade. Following the 2012 London Olympics, it is the now being restored complete with new gates to match the original design, thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund support. It forms the final section of the Bow Back Rivers network of formerly tidal creeks and mill channels to be restored, with an opening celebration planned for August Bank Holiday Monday. See our restoration feature on pages 65-68 for the full story.