TQ3286 : The New River looking towards Green Lanes

taken 7 years ago, near to Stoke Newington, Hackney, Great Britain

The New River looking towards Green Lanes
The New River looking towards Green Lanes
The New River was completed between 1609 and its official opening on 29th September 1613. It was designed to bring clean water to London at a time when the heavily-polluted River Thames was the main source of drinking water. Sir Hugh Myddleton devised a 40 mile course that followed the contours of the land and only dropped about two inches every mile. It ran from springs near Ware in Hertfordshire to New River Head near the Angel, Islington but now finishes at Stoke Newington.

Stoke Newington Reservoirs were constructed in 1833 to purify the New River water and to act as a water reserve, but since 1946 the New River's main flow has ended at Stoke Newington Reservoirs. The West Reservoir is now a leisure facility, offering sailing, canoeing and other water sports.

The New River remains an essential part of Londonís water supply. The part to the south of Stoke Newington, where it survives such as here looking towards Green Lanes, is more like a linear pond, but from Stoke Newington Reservoirs upriver the water still flows as it has done for over 400 years. Much of it is followed by the New River Path and here also by the Capital Ring.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 18 March, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 19 March, 2015
Geographical Context
Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3226 8692 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.9392N 0:5.5928W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3231 8695
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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