Dorney History
Dorney History 

Dorney Lake

Dorney Lake (also known as Eton College Rowing Centre, and as Eton Dorney as a 2012 Summer Olympics venue) is a purpose-built rowing lake in England.


The lake is privately owned and financed by Eton College, which spent £17 million developing it. Additional grants, totalling £500,000, were obtained from Sport England, UK Sport, the DCMS and SEEDA in order to build the lake's finish tower.

The project was completed in 2006, after 10 years of construction.


Although it is primarily for use by the school, the facilities are hired out for rowing, as well as for canoeing, dragon boating, open water swimming and triathlon.


The following book covers some of the archaelogical discoveries resulting from the excavation of Dorney Lake. Obtainable from Amazon in Bibliography.


Gathering the people, settling the land. The Archaeology of a Middle Thames Landscape.
Anglo-Saxon to post-medieval.

S Foreman, J Hillier and D Potts, Oxford Archaeology

Thames Valley Landscapes, Monograph No 14 Oxbow Books, 2002, Oxford Archaeological
Unit, ISBN 0-904220-31-1, 122pp and

Comprehensive account of archaeological discoveries in the
Parish prior to construction of the Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton Flood
Alleviation Scheme and the Eton College Rowing Course project.