Saturday, 31 October 2009

The London/Hertfordshire border - Stockers Lake

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne but leaves it to go south east across Stockers Lake, crossing the Grand Union Canal and going down the western edge of Garret Wood and High Wood.

River Colne
The Colne flows southwestwards


Post to the west Maple Cross
Post to the south Springwell
Post to the east Stockers

Sites on the Three Rivers, Hertfordshire side of the border

Grand Union Canal
Coal post bench mark halfway between Stockers Lock and Springers Lock

Drayton Ford
Rickmansworth and Uxbridge Water Works built here in 1888

Uxbridge Road
Mill Stream Lodge

Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Garret Wood

High Wood

River Colne
The Colne rises near Hatfield, flowing to the Thames at Staines. It is shown as ‘Coleneo’ in 785, and ’Colne’ in 894. It is an ancient ore-Celtic river name of uncertain origin and meaning found in several parts of the country – ie with the River Colne in Essex. Colne means, 'water'. It probably preserves an ancient name,
Coal post at the junction with Shire Ditch

Springwell Lane
Coal post west side at the south end of Drayton Ford Bridge
Coal post in the parapet of Drayton Ford Bridge. Now gone

Stockers Lake
This is one of the oldest gravel pits in the Colne Valley. There are wintering water fowl in nationally important numbers. the common tern which breeds on specially constructed rafts and the heronry is the largest in the county. It is a Local Nature Reserve, owned by Three Valleys Water, and managed by a trust. The lake is also home to mink and terrapins. There is a managed fishery.

Sources
Coaldutyposts. Web site
Herts Wild Life Trust. Web site
Three Rivers Museum of Local History

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