Historic Eton watercourse re-opened

Published: Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Watercourse opened

A project to reinstate the watercourse in Eton has been officially opened following investment by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The work has seen water flow again after 80 years through Eton passing under Baldwin’s Bridge, which was originally put in place for Queen Elizabeth I to make access to and from the castle quicker.

The money has also funded the restoration of Barnes Pool and its garden and will be open for the public to enjoy.

Councillor Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “I am delighted that we were able to provide funding for this unique project that will rejuvenate a part of Eton to its former glory and will benefit residents and visitors to Eton.

“Eton Community Association and Eton Town Council have secured funding from a variety of sources to ensure this project went ahead and it is great news that they have been able to complete this scheme.”

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead funded an additional capital budget of £100,000 for the scheme which cost a total of £125,000.

Ros Rivaz, chair of the Eton Community Association, said: “Without the support of the council, all our sponsors, and the fabulous experts and companies who have been able to advise and support us, we could not have achieved this fantastic project.”

As well as restoring water to Barnes Pool, water should flow into the South Meadow brook and improve drainage on South Meadow Lane.

Councillor Malcolm Alexander, ward member for Eton & Castle, added: “What has been extremely rewarding about this project is the team spirit and the community involvement from day one. It is a legacy that everyone in Eton should be proud of.”

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