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The Lost Rivers of London
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This is something I have been meaning to post on for some time. I even dedicated two tabs to it, but never was able to take all the information I had gathered and put it into one coherent thread. I still haven't gathered all the information together, because there is just too much to read and discuss.

But here goes anyway. Somehow I was surfing about cities and the impact on the environment. It was nothing to get excited about, but I did come upon an article about a new book entitled London's Lost Rivers. There were many interesting photographs and maps, that followed the history of the city, and how the tributaries to the Thames were completely covered over and no longer a part of the official city landscape. And when I did a search on Amazon, I found a number of books devoted to this very subject, some decades old.

The more I traveled around this topic, the more intriguing things became. And what is nice to know is that the city of London is finally beginning to make an effort to not only recognize these waterways, but begin plans to restore them to the surface. Here are some of the nice references I discovered:

Subterranean rivers of London:Wikipedia

Lost rivers of London to resurface in Boris plan. Some people are actually trout fishing, in the city, in remaining open places.

Inside the Fleet: exploring London’s lost rivers

The Tyburn Angling Society

Discovering London's lost rivers. With a video explaining the efforts to relocate all the tributaries.

And if this is not enough, all you have to do is just go to the Google page of Images for London's Lost Rivers, click on a picture, and you will be taken to a bonanza of articles about this.

I will bet that there are many famous European cities that would have an interesting tale of rivers and streams that used to run through their old city.

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Well, there is Venezia of course with quite a couple of streams, but it's actually only a town with 400 or so bridges. Berlin is a water city, that added lots of canals to connect rivers and lakes in and around the city, might have more miles of waterways than the web of streets. The same goes for Amsterdam, about 1,300 bridges, but that's nowhere near yet to Hamburg with 2,123. I don't think it was widespread in continental Europe to fill waterways up, they were the canalisation in the dark ages, and places of recreation later on.
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#3
Sounds like what is about to be revealed is little other than an abundance of polluted waterways!
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#4
Somehow I suspect the larger cities of Europe, including London, will be digging up these waterways in the future, and use them to improve on the aesthetics of the urban landscape.

And as for pollution, some cities will have used the waterways for sewage in the past. But my guess is that this is no longer the case, because it does not send the sewage back to be reprocessed. Those days of flooding the environment with sludge are pretty much over in the West. Looking at many of the pictures of what is exposed to London life, I have the impression that they are pretty clean. If they allow trout fishing, the streams must be in good stead.

London Underground: the Tyburn River. Really fascinating article about the underground tunnels.

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#5
Great reads, John.

I do hope they restore some of these, if only for the sake of it.
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#6
All I can say John is that you've never been to Venice during the height of the summer heat!

But with respect to England...

http://rivercranerestoration.blogspot.co...water.html
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#7
Lends a whole other meaning for 'reverse engineering' doesn't it?
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#8
London is usually known as a one river city just big old father themas and the city breathes with the rise and fall of its tide but twenty-one more flow to the thames within the spread of Greater London, and that is just counting the main branches.
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