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1970 to the present day


Lea Bridge Waterworks closes, moving to Coppermill Lane. Joseph Theakston’s statue of a River God is removed to Coppermill. A pamphlet issued to commemorate the inauguration of the Coppermill Lane works on Monday 3rd July 1972 shows a photograph of the sculpture.


Construction of the Lea Bridge roundabout facilitated by a grant of £834,800 from the Department of the Environment to the Greater London Council. The total cost was estimated to be £1,113,000.[1]


The Lee Conservancy Catchment Board was abolished under the Water Act 1973 and its functions were transferred to the Thames Water Authority.


Metropolitan Water Board superseded in the Water Act, 1973, by the Thames Water Authority established in 1974.[2] Filter beds at Coppermill Lane are opened and the Lea Bridge Waterworks close. The statue of River God (originally installed at the Old Ford Works) is moved from Lea Bridge to Coppermill, where it stands in the main office courtyard today.



Lea Bridge Station closed on 8th July.


Contemporary Lea Bridge constructed.

The Filter Beds artworks installed. Kate Malone’s ceramic ‘Magic Fish’ and the infamous ‘Nature’s Throne’ by Paula Haughney, which was made using huge granite blocks retrieved from the foundations of one of the old Engine Houses.


London Borough of Hackney (Lea Bridge - Cycle/Footbridge) Scheme 1993 Confirmation Instrument 1993.[3]


British Waterways impounds the Old River Lea, preventing the tidal flows into the river up to Lea Bridge weir by constructing two locks and a barrage at Prescott Channel.


Paradise Park residential development constructed, possibly erasing archaeological artefacts associated with the northern arm of the Lea Bridge Dock.


The footbridge, provided by Major Villiers a key figure in the early history of the Eton Manor Boys Club, was removed as a part of the Olympic reworking of the area in 2009.


The Ship Aground Public House is stripped out and partially demolished.


[1] Road and Construction, Volume 50. 1972

[2] A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney: Public services, pp. 108-115, Fn 90. T.F.T.  Baker (Editor) 1995

[3] Highways, England and Wales, Stationery Office. 1994

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