The development of the Lea Bridge Waterworks is of industrial, technological, economic and social significance in the story of the growth of the metropolis over some 266 years.
The adjacent small settlement of Lea Bridge Green (a cluster of mainly Victorian industrial and domestic buildings constructed around an early nineteenth century inland dock known as ‘Paradise Dock’ and designed by the noted architect and surveyor William Hurst Ashpitel) completes the historic riverside enclave. The surrounding semi-natural open landscape of North and South Millfields and Leyton and Hackney marshes form the isolating setting of this exceptional industrial heritage site.
The area was also of earlier commercial importance as a site of a major river crossing on a trade and pilgrimage route into the City of London, and as a small-scale industrial area in its own right, based upon small-scale manufacturing industries powered by tide-mills, which later grew with the spread of industry northwards along the River Lea and its waterway system at the lower end of the Lea Valley.
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