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River Lee Navigation

 

Hertford to Old Ford Junction - map 1 of 2

 

  Old Ford Junction to Bow & Limehouse Basin Map 2 of 2

  Bishops Stortford to Feilde's Weir River Stort

Click here to download this map>  Lee-north.pdf

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Parts of the River Lea (the spelling Lee defines the navigation) were used as navigations in Roman times, and much of the river was navigable before the reign of Elizabeth I. The first legislation passed for the improvement of the navigation was for the Lee in 1425. In 1577 an early pound lock was built at Waltham abbey, using two sets of mitred gates, a principle that became a standard feature of lock design. In the 17th Century the Lee was established as a source of water supply for London, a role it still fulfils. The navigation was steadily improved throughout the 18th and 19th Century, under the direction of various well known engineers.  during and immediately after World War I enlargements were carried out to allow 130-ton boats to reach Enfield, and 100-ton boats to reach Ware and Hertford. In the 1920's further improvements were carried out and in the 1960's locks were mechanised and duplicated. Timber had always been the main support of the Lee Navigation, a trade that sadly does not survive today. The Stort has never been a significant navigation commercially, and has not in fact carried any commercial traffic for some years. The navigation dates back to 1769 when the river was canalised to carry malt and barley as the main traffic. Sir George Duckett was the undertaker and first owner, and after his death the navigation passed through various brewery-associated hands until it was taken over by the Lee Conservancy in 1911. It would have prospered far more if the oft proposed but ill-fated schemes to build a canal from Bishop's Stortford to Cambridge and the Fenland waterways had ever succeeded.  

Maximum Dimensions

Limehouse to Old Ford Lock

Length 88ft, Beam 19ft, Headroom 6ft 9ins

Old Ford Lock to Enfield Lock

Length 85ft, Beam 15ft 9ins, Headroom 6ft 9ins

Enfield Lock to Hertford

Length 88ft, Beam 18ft, Headroom 6ft 9ins

 

Low Bridges

Check tides or flood conditions if close to maximum headroom between Limehouse and Old Ford.

Also check:

Ducker Mill Bridge, Hertford - 6ft 10ins

Folly Bridge, Hertford - 6ft 9ins

All other bridges are in excess of 7ft 9ins at normal levels.

 

Mileage

Navigable length 27.75 miles, 19 locks

 

Distances to locks and places of interest

 

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information and pictures (shown pink)

associated with that part of the waterway

 

 Locks     Moorings     Winding holes     Junctions     Pictures      A Road      B Road     Unclassified

 

Locks, bridges, moorings, winding holes   Miles

 

Hertford, above Folly Bridge (no moorings)

0.00

13.38

 

Folly Bridge (no craft over 15ft)

0.06

13.32

W

below Folly Bridge (70ft)

0.10

 
  Pipe Bridge

0.20

 

M

Hertford Basin (14 day)

0.38

13.24
  Footbridge (to station)

0.50

 
  Footbridge                                                                              

0.75

 

 1

Hertford Lock

1.00

13.09

 

Footbridge

1.05

12.97

 

New Gauge Intake house

0.62

12.76

 

A10 Bridge

0.83

12.55
  Footbridge    

2

Ware Lock

1.00

12.38
  Footbridge    

M

Ware Visitor Moorings

1.04

12.34

 

Ware Town Bridge

1.57

11.81
  Footbridge    

3

Hardmead Lock

2.00

11.38

 

Footbridge

2.14

11.24

 

Footbridge

2.68

10.70

4

Stanstead Lock

3.00

10.38

 

Footbridge

3.02

10.36

 

Stanstead Abbotts Bridge B181

 3.09

10.29

M

Marina

3.55

9.83

 

Bridge A414

3.75

9.63

 

Rye House Bridge (Station, Stadium & Pub)

4.37

9.01

 

Rail Bridge

4.43

8.95

J

Stort /Lee Junction - Fielde's Weir    

5

Fieldes Lock

4.75

8.63

 

Dobbs Weir Bridge

4.80

8.58

6

Dobbs Weir Lock

4.88

8.50

7

Carthangena Lock

5.00

8.38

52

New Nazeing Road Bridge

5.01

8.37

49

Slipe Lane Bridge

5.12

8.26

 

Aqueduct crosses River Lea

5.39

7.99

8

Aqueduct Lock

5.50

7.88

47A

Fishers Green Footbridge

6.44

6.94

9

Cheshunt Lock

6.50

6.88

W

Cheshunt Winding Hole

7.37

6.01

46

Windmill Lane Bridge    

10

Waltham Common Lock

7.50

5.88

J

Junction with Powder Mill Cut

8.02

5.36

44

Cheshunt Marsh Footbridge

8.70

4.68

11

Waltham Town Lock

8.76

4.62

 

Bridge M25

8.89

4.49

12

Rammey Marsh Lock

9.26

4.12

 

Footbridge

9.90

3.48
  Footbridge    

13

Enfield Lock

10.51

2.87
  Footbridge    
  Pipe Bridge    
  Footbridge    

 

Bridge

11.61

1.77

14

Ponders End Lock

11.76

1.62

 

Footbridge

12.01

1.37
  Cable Bridge    

15

Pickett's Lock    
  Pipe Bridge    
  Cable Bridge    
  Footbridge    
  Bridge    
  Chalk Bridge    
  Pipe Bridge    
  Pipe Bridge    

16

Stonebridge Lock    
  Pipe Bridge    

17

Tottenham Lock    
  Pipe Bridge    
  Rail Bridge    
  Rail Bridge    
  High Bridge    

J

Junction with cut to Copper Mill Bridge    
  Horseshoe Footbridge    
  Rail Bridge    
  Turnover Bridge    
  Bridge A104    
  Pond Lane Bridge

12.38

1.00
  Cable Bridge    
  Cow Bridge    
  Footbridge    
  Marshgate Bridge B112    
  Bridge    
  Bridge    
  Pipe Bridge    
  Rail Bridge    
  Bridge    

 J

Old Ford Junction

13.38

0.00

 

 


 

 

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