Nicholas Barton ò 7 CharactersIn old cities Related2 London postal codes Are Sometimes Delineated By Rivers No sometimes delineated by rivers that no exist3 Mill in London names and neighborhoods correspond to now gone mills4 People can dump so many "Agriculture Products Like Animal "products like animal and plant matter to clog large waterways5 streams and creeks run today through the basements of old buildings right out in the open6 The irst large scale London water supply project used hollowed logs as pipes spraying water constantly over the entire city via leaks and creating sinkholes7 Churches ran the mills hence the prevalence of the name still in places and acted like small businesses than houses of worship8 You can use tides to operate mills taking water into holding ponds during high tide and releasing it during low tide to work machinery9 London was still ass backwards well into the 20th century I am glad I live where I doLots of interesting tidbits in here and LOTS of photos and drawings Without sounding like a kid it was the visuals that made this such an interesting read It would have been dry white toast without However as this is an exhuastive list of waterways there are also pages and pages of descriptions of ditches that may or may not have existed 500 years ago This is not an exaggeration Interesting and unusual book on the various tributaries of the Thames which no longer exist as open water rivers Most if not. Ed by scholars and general readers alike It remains the only comprehensive study of those water courses now buried which sometimes make themselves evident in heavy rains or at the dig of an unwary builder’s earth removerMany have become part of London’s complex sewer system; others still run sweetly enough to have recreational use. This book is rather small in ormat which is a pity as it consists mainly of photos that I would have liked to take a closer look at The info added to the photos and
rivers was always only a ew sentences and I really would have wished or info older photos or drawingswas always only a ew sentences and I really would have wished High Angle Rescue Techniques for info older photos or drawings have comparisonsbut I guess that this was not the author s who is also the photographer intention Very interesting to read where all the lost rivers arelowing now concealed in sewers etc very much enjoyed all references to the Wandle which still lows above ground and still has "the odd kingfisher ishing in it Only the Britons can write "odd kingfisher The Glass Palace fishing in it Only the Britons can write completely dry book about exactly what the title says and make it go over a hundred pages the history of the rivers of the greater London arearom Roman times to today going all the way down to creeks streams and even this is the author s language ditches If there is anything you want to know about what rivers once ran or still run largely encased in concrete through London this will be interesting Living in Washington DC which has a river running under a major thoroughfare encased in a very old container and others that have disappeared or spend some time piped through the city this was actually pretty interesting and relevant to me Some interesting things you will learn about if you pick this up1 Settlements Something Like Fate follow riversstreamscreeks As a result roads do too. The thought of a ‘lost’ river running beneath a road or house produces interest or consternation Aeature once on the land surface a symbol of the rural age of London is somehow indicative of what is hidden beneath the bricks of the city than any otherWhen The Lost Rivers of London irst appeared in 1962 it was immediately welcom. .
All of the rivers discussed such as the Fleet Tyburn Westbourne and Walbrook became progressively polluted and were eventually culverted and incorporated into the London sewerage by the MID 19TH CENTURY IN PARTS THE 19th Century In parts the in contrast to the rivers it describes is rather dry when describing the known or believed course of the now underground rivers but an interesting book nevertheless A lovely book or anyone with an interest in places and landscape and history too of course Geography in other words This would of course also appeal particularly to anyone with knowledge of or an interest in the history of London A thorough study of various rivers which have in many cases vanished rom sight such as the Fleet the Tyburn and the Westbourne where traces of them persist and can still be seen where some of them although invisible still affect what happens on the surface There are some very interesting sections towards the end of the book looking at the impact some of them have had and perhaps continue to have on health including the persistent viruses which have occurred "in London over centuries and the possibility that many of London "London over centuries and the possibility that many of London s stories actually be attributable to buried rivers too such as the sounds of swishing silk skirts and other noises which could be water related Lots of references and a really informative pull out map showing where the lost rivers ar. In the past they have ormed boundaries dictated the course of roads and influenced the location of industry In these ways and others they have contributed to the history of LondonNicholas Barton’s book has long been out of print and much sought after It is reissued complete with all the illustrations and the invaluable old out ma.