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Once a proud and busy hub of East London, Carpenters Road Lock was disused and rusting just a few years ago. We’ve breathed new life into this historic lock which now rightfully stands at the heart of London’s newest urban park, ready to lift its gates on a whole new chapter.
If you want to book passage through Carpenters Road, City Mill or Three Mills Lock, you can now do so on our licensing page.
We look forward to welcoming boats regularly into the park following the successful restoration of Carpenters Road Lock.
View the final time lapse of the restoration
If you have any queries in relation to lock bookings in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park please contact Enquiries.London@canalrivertrust.org.uk or call 0303 040 4040.
In 2005 the International Olympic Committee voted to hold the 2012 Olympics in London, with the promise of a huge change to the lower Lea Valley. The centrepiece of the bid was a new venue along the old waterways in London's East End, the Bow Back Rivers. This new venue would contain world-class sporting venues, but would also become the largest new urban park seen in Britain for over a century.
We saw that this created a whole new purpose for our old industrial waterways. They could be a part of a new city landscape to be enjoyed and appreciated by all, and to become the location of new homes, schools and communities.
We’ve been working hard on the £1.8 million restoration of Carpenters Road Lock which stands in the heart of the Olympic Park. It is one of the final pieces of a ten-year programme to regenerate the Bow Back Rivers and preserve an important part of London’s industrial heritage.
Watch Sam Thomas, our Customer Operations Manager talk about the restoration in the short film below.
Today, Carpenters Road Lock is ready to lift again, to control floodwater and to allow boats to pass underneath its gates into the rivers around the London Stadium. We’ve ensured this historic lock has a new purpose that is very much part of London's 21st Century future.
Discover the fascinating history of the Bow Back Rivers and Carpenters Road Lock
Find out what was involved in the restoration of Carpenters Road Lock, a significant engineering project
Everyone has a story to tell. Read the stories of three boaters near Carpenters Road Lock.
We are incredibly proud to be part of this ten-year programme to revamp the Bow Back Rivers. Carpenters Road Lock is intergral to the Olympic Legacy Framework and with funding from us, Heritage Lottery Fund, London Legacy Development Corporation and Inland Waterways Association - this significant lock is set to be a showpiece waterside destination.
Full restoration of Carpenters Road Lock
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On 28 August 2017 the restoration of Carpenters Road Lock was celebrated with the East London Waterways Festival
Watch this short video to see what the day had to offer
Last date edited: 19 November 2017