TQ3183 : Claremont square, Islington (2)

taken 8 years ago, near to Finsbury, Islington, Great Britain

Claremont square, Islington (2)
Claremont square, Islington (2)
Looking north in Claremont Square, Islington.

The bank visible through the railings is a reservoir, the Upper Pond, built by the New River Company. The company also developed Claremont Square in the 1820s.

The New River is a man-made water channel which carried drinking water for 20 miles to London from the River Lee and Amwell Springs in Hertfordshire. It opened in 1613 and fed reservoirs in Islington. One of these, known as the Upper Pond, was built in 1709 beside Pentonville Road.

The reservoir in Claremont Square was covered and turfed in 1852 when open areas of standing water in London were prohibited by law. The reservoir is still in use by Thames Water. The semi-improved grassland on the top and sides of the reservoir supports a wide diversity of wild flowers and is a preserved habitat with restricted access.
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 October, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 7 October, 2009
Category
Reservoir (covered)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 312 830 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.8728N 0:6.5962W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 312 830
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