Pudding Mill

A quirky, hidden new neighbourhood along the Greenway south of the Stadium, Pudding Mill will be the Park’s most varied new community. New homes along the water’s edge will sit alongside older buildings and new studios and workshops inspired by the area’s craft heritage.

Built around the Greenway and a network of rivers and canals that flow through the Park towards the Thames, Pudding Mill runs from the south of the Park down to the beautiful Three Mills Island.  A revitalised Pudding Mill DLR station, redeveloped with a new public square, will provide links across the city, with Stratford station also only a few minutes walk away.  

New community facilities will add to the existing playgrounds, primary schools, cafes and restaurants in the area.  And of course the iconic venues of the Park are on its doorstep.

  • Though not often glimpsed by the public during the Games, for a very special group of people this was one of the most important parts of the experience: the athletes. Whether using the warm-up track or waiting to enter the Stadium to compete, this is where the physiotherapists, doctors, trainers and all the essential elements an elite athlete needs to perform were found.

    Other parts of Pudding Mill were used during the Games for transport, storage and other important ‘behind the scenes’ uses.

  • The River Lea and the canals and navigations that were created from it to serve industry in the area flow through Pudding Mill, dividing the area into islands connected by road and foot bridges. As you can imagine, these waterways have been an important part of the identity of the area.

    The River Lea has for centuries been a means of access for our ancestors and this area was once the site of a main crossing to the area known as Queen Mathilda's Causeway. Built around AD 1110, it linked the settlements at Bow and Stratford on opposite sides of the valley. It was apparently requested by Matilda, wife of King Henry I, as the old Roman crossing had become unsafe.

    The River Lea and its waterways have always been important to this area as for centuries several watermills were located here. An eclectic area of activity, businesses were located on Stratford High Street between Marshgate Lane Lock and Bow Bridge, and included Thomas Frye's Bow Porcelain works founded in the 1740s, one of the first in Britain.

    One of the more interesting local industries to pop up in the second half of the 19th century was a business that supplied live pig bristles for the making of brooms and brushes!