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North along the River Lea

The view in 1949

The waterways in 1949

As the Lee & Stort cruise takes you north along the Lea, you are passing through land that was undeveloped back in 1949 as this aerial image shows. 

Industries were grouped along the Lee Navigation and near the Stratford Railway Works, but there were still plenty of fields and marshes alongside the waterways. 

You can zoom into the image to see the landscape in more detail.