Subterranean rivers of London

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A sketch map of some lost rivers
"London Before Houses", Image taken from: Title: "A History of London ... With maps and illustrations ... Second edition, revised and enlarged" Author: LOFTIE, William John; 1884, London, Edward Stanford (publisher); type: monographic
The Effra is one of the subterranean rivers of London. It discharges into the Thames by Vauxhall Bridge, from which this photograph was taken.

The subterranean or underground rivers of London are the tributaries of the River Thames and River Lea that were built over during the growth of the metropolis of London. The rivers now flow through underground culverts.[1]

Subterranean rivers in London

The Moselle is visible above ground flowing through Tottenham Cemetery on its way to the Lea.

North of the River Thames

The culverted mouth of the Earl's Sluice at Deptford Wharf

South of the River Thames


In June 2008, the office of Mayor of London published outline plans to reinstate some underground rivers.[3] In January 2009, a partnership among the Environment Agency, Natural England, The River Restoration Centre, and the Greater London Authority set out a strategy for putting this into effect by creating the London Rivers Action Plan.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Nicholas Barton, The Lost Rivers of London, Historical Publications, ISBN 0-948667-15-X
  2. ^ a b London's Lost Rivers (2011) Paul Talling, Random House, pp148-150 ISBN 9781847945976
  3. ^ "Boris Johnson to revive London's lost rivers ". Times Online. London, UK. 5 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Environment Agency plans for river restoration". UK. 2 March 2010. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "London Rivers Action Plan". The River Restoration Centre. UK. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 

Further reading

  • Dangerfield, Andy (4 October 2015). "The lost rivers that lie beneath London". BBC News. London, UK. 
  • "The Underground City: Beneath the streets of London's capital city is a world of tunnels, rivers and hidden history". Heritage Magazine (April/May 2000). Archived from the original on 2002-12-10. Retrieved December 2002.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

External links

  • "Deep Topographical site with special emphasis on London's lost watercourses". Middlexex County Council. Middlesex County, UK. 
  • Mackie, Gordon (January 2004). "London's Lost Rivers: Wayback Machine Snapshot". Archived from the original on 2004-01-07. 
  • "Map of London's Underground Rivers". London, UK. 
  • "Photographs from inside London's 'Lost' Rivers". 
  • "Strange Maps". London's Lost Rivers. 
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