The Olympic Park lies in the East End of London, north of the River Thames and on the east side of the River Lea , which flows southward to the Thames. This area, known as the Lower Lea Valley, was until recently a little-known and largely uninhabited landscape of wild vegetation peppered with pylons, canals, locks, bridges and towpaths - mostly silent and still - a no-man's land ripe for development. Yet it has a fascinating past that shaped the area, traces of which can still be seen, and which are celebrated in this leaflet.
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