“Urban topography and history come vividly alive. There is no better way of exploring a city. And there is no better guide to it than Tom Bolton.” — Tom Holland
Below the pavements, out of sight, a network of secret rivers pulses beneath the capital’s busy pavements. This second volume of London’s Lost Rivers explores eleven more rivers that have been buried, hidden or mislaid across the city — watercourses that have been culverted, placed in tunnels, or diverted into the sewer system. But while they may be hidden from view, clues remain, and this book will show you how to find them.
The walks in his book London’s Lost Rivers Volume 2 trace the routes of buried rivers, tracking the impression they have left on the landscape and cityscape of London. Walks include the little-known Cock and Pye Ditch that shaped Covent Garden, Tottenham’s Moselle River (not to be confused with the French version), the East End’s unsavoury-sounding Black Ditch, and the mysterious channels of the Stamford Brook which hold West London in a tangled embrace.
London’s Lost Rivers Volume 2 will be available to buy and have signed on the day.
Tom Bolton is a researcher, walker and photographer who has lived and worked in London since 1996. He also writes online about theatre and music. His second book, Vanished City: London’s Lost Neighbourhoods, and the first volume of London’s Lost Rivers, are available now from Strange Attractor Press.
Twitter: @strangepress / @teabolton
This event is in the Brockway Room on the ground floor (Accessible. Induction loop audio). For accessibility info: conwayhall.org.uk/about/visiting-us