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Along The River Lea

March 13, 2024
by the gentle author

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Taking advantage of recent spring sunshine to escape the city and seek some fresh air, I wandered along the river bank from Bow as far as Tottenham Hale

At Cody Dock

Sir Corbet Woodall (1841-1916), Gas Engineer and Governor of the Gas Light and Coke Company, with two of his historic gasometers at Bow

At Bow Lock

Looking towards the tidal mill at Three Mills Island

At Three Mills Island

Who can identify this water fowl?

Old Ford Lock

Beneath the Eastway

Sculling on the Hackney Cut

At Lea Bridge

Barge cat

The Anchor & Hope

Looking towards Clapton

The Lea Rowing Club

At Tottenham Lock

Two Thames Barges at Tottenham Hale

Coal & diesel delivery barge

At Stonebridge Lock

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  1. Richard permalink
    March 13, 2024

    It looks like an Egyptian goose.
    Nice pictures. Thanks

  2. Lesley James permalink
    March 13, 2024

    Egyptian duck

  3. Anne Guy permalink
    March 13, 2024

    It’s an Egyptian goose…an introduced species.

  4. Colin L permalink
    March 13, 2024

    Great photos from what looks like a fab walk – sunshine even! I think the waterfowl might be an Egyptian goose. There were a couple of these for two or three years at Gabriel’s wharf but I haven’t seen them since last spring so perhaps they have moved.

  5. March 13, 2024

    A cheerful set of photographs in the sunshine. We don’t seem to be seeing a great deal of that – but plenty of rain! My dad learnt to swim in the River Lea and my maternal grandmother was a keen rower and member of a ladies’ team. Sadly a nasty capsize took all of her confidence and she couldn’t face going on the water again.
    In regards to the duck, I believe it’s a hybrid. It doesn’t bear the markings of a single identifiable species as far as I can discern.

  6. Annie S permalink
    March 13, 2024

    Great photographs!
    I live in Stamford Hill and often go for walks along the Lea – we are so very lucky to have the river near, it makes you feel you are in a different world.

  7. March 13, 2024

    That is an Egyptian Goose!

  8. March 13, 2024

    Good Morning Gentle Author,

    Your waterfowl looks like an Egyptian goose, increasingly common in the south of England

  9. Richard Cleaver permalink
    March 13, 2024

    I spent many an hour wandering the towpaths and banks of the Lea and surrounding canals when an impoverished student living in a dingy basement flat in Clapton during the early 80’s. Clapton was a different place back then, and Sach Road where we lived was almost unrecognisable in its gentrified state on a recent visit. Happy days, if poor.

    Your water bird is, I think, an Egyptian Goose….introduced from Africa, but widespread in Southern England now.

  10. Greg T permalink
    March 13, 2024

    ? Egyptian Goose ?

  11. Andy Morrison permalink
    March 13, 2024

    Water Fowl question: It’s an Egyptian Goose.

  12. lynne casey permalink
    March 13, 2024

    The water fowl is an Egyptian Goose.

    This is a lovely walk, my son lives in Clapton and we have walked along the River Lea many times (sometimes stopping at a nice pub for lunch).

  13. Steve permalink
    March 13, 2024

    Your unidentified bird is an Egyptian duck

  14. Pauline Taylor permalink
    March 13, 2024

    My great grandparents lived beside the River Lea at Ferndale, Spring Lane and my grandfather was a champion sculler in the single sculls, I still have some of the prizes that he won, he could also skate and swim and I have a a very big photograph of all the members of an athletics and rowing club that he belonged to in which he is sitting cross legged in the front row, this was taken in the late 1890s.

    I have been for a walk along Spring Lane but of course the houses have been demolished as they were often flooded so it was quite emotional for me. Lots of other family history for me in Clapton as my other great grandfather had a florists and garden contractors in Upper Clapton Road with a nursery garden close by.

  15. Akkers permalink
    March 13, 2024

    Another good article. I have walked along the Lea many times over the years as I used to live in Hackney and I still go back there today to do the same. Always manage to spot something that I haven’t seen before and its a nice relaxing walk.

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