This page is the portal to a number of research papers into the history of the Lea/Lee.
The first is a paper researched in 1974 by Michael Parker, assisted by Dr J G L Burnby, and published in 1978 by the Edmonton Hundred History Society. It provides a clear review of the period from 1190 to 1790 and has an additional note on some of the water mills in the Valley. The Navigation of the River Lee from 1190 to 1790
The paper includes an appendix with a commentary on part of the poem "A Tale of Two Swannes". The poem contains a description of the short-lived lock at Waltham; see below for Dr Fairclough's detailed analysis of the lock. For the full text of the poem click here.
The following paper was researched by Dr Keith Fairclough, as the thesis for his doctorate: "THE RIVER LEA 1571-1767: A River Navigation prior to canalisation"
The remainder of the papers were researched by him for publication in various journals between 1978 and 1985. These are listed below at the end of the thesis.
THE RIVER LEA 1571-1767: A River Navigation prior to canalisation
SECTION 1: AN ELIZABETHAN PROJECT FOR TRANSPORT IMPROVEMENT
To see William Whittenbury's 1741 Map of the River, click here
2 The Act of 1571 +
SECTION 2: AN ADEQUATE FLASH-LOCK NAVIGATION
SECTION 3: A PERIOD OF LIMITED IMPROVEMENT
OTHER PAPERS BY Dr KEITH FAIRCLOUGH
(Published 1978 in the London Journal Vol 5 No 2)
(Published 1982 in the London Journal Vol 8 No 1)
(Published 1979 in the History of Technology Vol 4)
(Published Spring 1985 in the Essex Journal Vol 20 No 1)
Post Doctorate papers
Navigation Devices along the River Lea 1600-1767 (including an article on Hackney Waterworks.)
(Paper read at the Science Museum, London 11 November 1992)
(Published 1989 in the Journal of Transport History Vol 10 No 2)
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