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Southward to the Thames

South of Lea Bridge to the Thames

Downstream of Carpenters Road Lock, the River Lea flows in a south-easterly direction through the Bow Back Rivers system to rejoin the River Lea Navigation Canal at Old Ford Lock. The majority of flow takes the route ofWaterworks River, Three Mill River, Prescott Channel and Abbey Creek to rejointhe River Lea immediately upstream of the railway line at Three Mill Studios.

The River Lea flows for approximately 4km downstream from Three Mills Studios to the confluence with the River Thames.


'Leyton: Economic history, marshes and forests', A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973), pp. 197-205

Lee Conservancy Catchment Board. National Archives

Marsh Lane playing Fields Archaeological Assessment. Museum of London 2007

leabridge.org.uk December 2012