Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Lea Navigation - Picketts Lock

The Lea Navigation
The Lea Navigation and the Overflow Channel flow south

Post to the north Ponders End
Post to the east Low Hall Chingford
Post to the south William Girling Reservoir
Post to the west Edmonton

Meridian Way
Meridian Way is part of a throughout route between the Lea Navigation and the railway developed in the 1970s-80s.
Lee Valley Leisure Centre. This was built on an old refuse tip and developed for the Lee Valley Regional Park from 1973. It used to be called the Picketts Lock Sports Centre .The main buildings are in the square to the west.
Picketts Lock golf course. There is an 18 hole golf course, floodlit driving range and all-weather pitches. Opened in the 1970s and used by the Leaside Golf Club
Lee Valley Camp site. The site includes a shop, adventure playground, shower and toilet, laundry, and barbecue area. They also have cocoons and cabins for hire.
Indoor Bowls Centre. Six rinks with a bar and lounge

Overflow Channel
The Channel had come from the Navigation above Ponders End Lock and follows the western edge of the William Girling Reservoir towards Edmonton

William Girling Reservoir
The William Girling Reservoir. The reservoir was named after William Girling, chair of the Metropolitan Water Board. It was originally planned by the East London Waterworks Company which was abolished before could be built, and then construction was delayed for many years. Work finally began in 1936 by Mowlem with Robert Wynne-Edwards as engineer. It was designed Sir Jonathan Roberts Davidson. The work was interrupted by the Second World War and it was not finally opened until 1951.  It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest as is a wintering ground for water fowl.

Sources
Cherry & Pevsner London North
Lee & Stort Navigation web site.
Neale. Chingford Water
Lee Valley Leisure Centre web site

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