TQ3397 : The New River in Enfield

taken 5 years ago, near to Forty Hill, Enfield, Great Britain

The New River in Enfield
The New River in Enfield
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.

The New River remains an essential part of Londonís water supply. The part to the south of Stoke Newington, where it survives, is more like a linear pond, but from Green Lanes upriver the water still flows as it has done for over 400 years. Much of it is followed by the New River Path although here, to the north-east of Enfield town centre, it flows between back gardens and is just glimpsed from a footbridge on a footpath between Carnarvon Avenue and Ladysmith Road. This view looks upriver.
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TQ3397, 126 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 15 March, 2017
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Paths  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3363 9719 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:39.4571N 0:4.1729W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3361 9713
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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