To obtain the living area they desired they had sought planning permission to excavate a deep cellarbasement Unsurprisingly during piling operations difficult in such a tightly constricted area they hit the water table of one of the now hidden streams of the City Very dramatic and expensive Perhaps their architect had not read this bookSo this book should definitely appeal to anyone who lives or who is house hunting in London It will also be of great interest to anyone who has ever worked in London or who is interested in the history of this city and of Britain As such it is an engrossingly good read though for me tinged with sadness in the nowledge that humans acting in a free market economy too often destroy the beauty and utility of and at the extreme obliterate Aristotles Rhetoric knowledge of a waterway Very interesting to read where all the lost rivers are flowing now concealed in sewers etc very much enjoyed all references to the Wandle which still flows above ground and still has the oddingfisher fishing in it So good that we booked a walking tour with the author He took us from the top of Hampstead Heath to the point where one of the lost rivers rose It was frosty so we saw a trickle of the infant Fleet under a think lace of ice and moss Thank you Nicholas Barton A lovely book for 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 nowledge of or an interest in the history of London A thorough study of various rivers which have in many cases vanished from 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 the end of the book 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 London over centuries the possibility that many of London s ghost stories might 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 are. In the past they have formed 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 fold out ma.
Nicholas Barton Î 0 ReadUn 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 follow riversstreamscreeks As a result roads do too in old cities Related2 London postal codes are sometimes delineated by rivers that no longer exist3 Mill in London street names and neighborhoods correspond to now gone mills4 People can dump so many agriculture products like animal carcasses and plant matter to clog large waterways5 streams and creeks run today through the basements of old buildings right out in the open6 The first large scale London water supply project used hollowed logs as pipes spraying WATER CONSTANTLY OVER THE ENTIRE CITY VIA LEAKS AND constantly over the entire city via leaks and 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 doLotsbackwards well into the 20th century I am glad I live where I doLots interesting tidbits in here and LOTS of photos and drawings Without sounding like a id 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 Part of the interest of any large city is to look at how and why it has grown what obstacles natural and man made to growth have succeeded and which have been successfully overcome LONDON IS OF PARTICULAR FASCINATION BECAUSE is of particular fascination because the course of than two thousand years of human occupation the buildings and function of this city have shaped by the rivers flowing into the Thames changed considerably Some months ago I watched an interesting programme on TV where a family had obtained planning permission to build a house at the end of a mews but hard up against a railway line. 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 format 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 few sentences and I really would have wished for info older photos or drawings to have COMPARISONSBUT I GUESS THAT THIS WAS NOT THE AUTHOR I guess that this was not the author who is also the photographer intention Seminal book on the lost rivers of London nothing has bettered the research in this book There are prettier ones now but they are all based on this one also a great source list in the back for further research if so inclined Interesting and unusual book on the various tributaries of the Thames which no longer exist as open water rivers Most if not all of the rivers discussed such as the Fleet Tyburn Westbourne
and Walbrook became progressively polluted and were eventually culverted and incorporated intoWalbrook became progressively polluted and were eventually culverted and incorporated into London sewerage by the mid 19th Century In parts the book in contrast to the rivers it describes is rather dry when describing the Charting an Empire known or believed course of the now underground rivers but an interesting book nevertheless Did younow that a wide pipe crossing London s Sloane Suare Station contains the River Westbourne Or that the New River that runs through Islington is not really a river but a man made water conduit Or that the Neckinger is the name of a small stream that ran through south LondonThis and much much can be learned from Barton s fascinating book about the tributaries of the River Thames many of which are hidden from view todayI first encountered the book in my school library soon after it was first published in 1962 and was enthralled its wealth of detail superb maps interesting illustrations scholarly text It was only recently that I obtained a copy of its 1982 reprint and I am still impressed by itThis is a book which will be of interest to all who love London Excellent a very useful resource Only the Britons can write a 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 area from 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 now about what rivers once ran or still The thought of a ‘lost’ river running beneath a road or house produces interest or consternation A feature 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 first appeared in 1962 it was immediately welcom. ,