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Walking on Water: London's Hidden Rivers Revealed

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    Stephen Myers(Author)

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London's hidden-or lost-rivers are a source of fascination. This book concentrates on seven North London rivers-the Fleet, the Walbrook, the Tyburn, the Westbourne, Counter's Creek, Stamford Brook and the Black Ditch.The author, a professional water engineer, describes their sources and traces their individual histories, setting out their influence on the development of London and their use and abuse by society, eventually leading to their disappearance.The original watercourses of each of the seven rivers are shown on London street maps to a detail never previously attempted. Research to enable this included extensive on-site analysis of their river catchment topographies and desk-top studies of numerous old maps and literary references.Walking on Water ends on an optimistic note. Drawing on his professional experience, the author proposes a practical, affordable and exciting approach to recreating riverside parks and walks in the London boroughs through which the hidden rivers passed, which uses their source waters to refresh the lakes of the Royal Parks.

Stephen Myers is a qualified Chartered Civil Engineer specialising in water and wastewater projects. He has worked at an executive level all over the world on prominent pollution control projects for organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the World Bank.

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Stephen Myers(Author)
  • Amberley Publishing (15 Jun. 2011)
  • English
  • 8
  • History

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  • By Bta on 8 February 2013

    As mentioned in another comment, there are several books on this topic of lost rivers in London. As always, Nicholas Barton's book "The Lost Rivers of London" has been for decades the best, with very much a historical-geography leaning. This book may have changed this.Recent books focus more on the socio-cultural fascination and heritage of London's buried rivers, with Tom Bolton's "London's Lost Rivers" providing highly detailed and informative walks along the routes of the hidden rivers, looking for clues in what we can see today, as well as drawing on the history. It is a great walking guide. Paul Talling's book, also called "London's Lost Rivers" is told mainly through the great photographs, with a select amount of interesting detail, and is aimed perhaps at the wider market. Neither compete with Barton's original, but both complement it in their own way.Stephen Myer's "Walking on Water: London's Hidden Rivers Revealed" proves more difficult to get a copy of, but it is worth it. The author undoubtedly has a great deal of experience and technical engineering knowledge from a career in civil and water engineering, and like all the previous authors also shares a fascination of lost urban rivers buried beneath us. It is this technical knowledge which sets this book apart from the rest, however, coming across in the attention to detail, but also the book structure. We get a detailed account of the history of London's watercourses, starting from the fundamentals of the hydrogeology (springs, seeps, artesian wells, geology), then adding layers of history charting the changes and uses of the watercourses, as well as original research into providing highly detailed estimates of where they now are, drawing on Bazalgette's original sewer designs.This book answers some interesting questions, such as how many people the original rivers could historically support with drinking water, or how the Tyburn and others now flow to the sewage works rather than the Thames except during storms. The author even makes a brief comment on options to re-open, or "daylight" the buried rivers in places, though there are certainly much better resources available for those interested in that aspect (e.g.[...][...][...]I recommend this book.

  • By Pangolin on 30 November 2011

    For a very long time the only decent book on the tributaries of the Thames in London was Barton's "The Lost Rivers of London". "Walking on Water" is a welcome addition. The general background to the hidden rivers is spread over a few informative chapters, then the detail of 8 north bank rivers is explored in depth with a chapter on each.NB - like a lot of cabbies the detail chapters don't go south of the river.

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