TQ3287 : The New River and Stoke Newington West Reservoir

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

The New River and Stoke Newington West Reservoir
The New River and Stoke Newington West Reservoir
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, seen here on the far side of the New River, 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, 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 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  Sport, Leisure  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3233 8726 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.1215N 0:5.5246W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3229 8723
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Reservoir  Long Distance Path  Capital Ring  New River 

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