BOOK æ The Lost Rivers of London: A Study of Their Effects Upon London and Londoners, and the Effects of London and Londoners on Them í eBook or Kindle ePUB free

BOOK õ The Lost Rivers of London: A Study of Their Effects Upon London and Londoners, and the Effects of London and Londoners on Them ⚛ 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 init was immediately welcomed 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 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 map 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 forinfo, older photos or drawings to have comparisonsbut I guess that this was not the author s who is also the photographer intention. Did you know that a wide pipe crossing London s Sloane Square 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 London This and much, muchcan be learned from Barton s fascinating book about the tributaries of the River Thames, many of which are hidden from view today.I first encountered the book in my school library soon af Did you know that a wide pipe crossing London s Sloane Square 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 London This and much, muchcan be learned from Barton s fascinating book about the tributaries of the River Thames, many of which are hidden from view today.I first encountered the book in my school library soon after it was first published in 1962, and was enthralled by its wealth of detail, superb maps, interesting illustrations, and scholarly text It was only recently that I obtained a copy of its 1982 reprint, and I am still impressed by it.This is a book which will be of interest to all who love London 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 knowledge 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 surfac 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 knowledge 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 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 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 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 over the course ofthan 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 pla 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 over the course ofthan 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 To obtain the living area they desired, they had sought planning permission to excavate a deep cellar basement 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 book So 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 knowledge that humans acting in a free market economy too often destroy the beauty and utility of and at the extreme obliterate knowledge of a waterway