Posted by: hiddenlondon | October 21, 2011

London’s Lost Rivers

The heart of this intriguing book is the idea that London has been shaped by rivers, even when we can no longer see them.  According to author Tom Bolton, the River Thames has 21 river tributaries in the Greater London area, and that even though they have been built over, diverted and generally mistreated, their courses can be mapped overground as roads and villages modelled themselves along them.

‘London’s Lost Rivers’ takes eight waterways and describes walks along their original route.  On the way the author treats us to some wonderful historical detail, a choice of quotes and references for future consideration and frequently explains the origins of street names connected to the rivers.  Each walk ends with a recommendation for a pub in which to toast your achievement, an undertaking clearly as serious as the walks themselves.

London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide
by Tom Bolton
published by Strange Attractor Press

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