Lon­don link nears com­ple­tion

BOW BACK RIVERS

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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.

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