Boats on the Thames 2

Boats on the Thames plus Millennium bridge with City seen from beneath Blackfriars rail bridge. Tug Recovery tows empty refuse barges past Southwark bridge en route to Wandsworth. Recovery and its commercial cargo heading westwards at Blackfriars bridge. Dutch barge (not the botter type) by the Millennium bridge on a downstream run. Tug GPS Anglia with hefty dumb barge possibly heading for Pimlico rail bridge […]

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The Fleet River from St Pancras to Camden Town

Having run past St Pancras church the Fleet heads towards Camden. Slight traces of the valley can be discerned here and there, mostly on an alignment to the west of the Regents Canal. The river was culverted around the time of the canal’s construction between Camden and Kings Cross. The canal formerly ran on the contours following the higher side […]

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The Fleet from Kings Cross Bridge to St Pancras Church

Kings Cross Bridge – old street name sign on the side of the Scala entertainment centre. This sign can be seen from Kings Cross station (see below) A general view of Kings Cross Bridge. The Scala is on the right. There is still a ‘bridge’ here, it crosses the Metropolitan/Circle/Hammersmith lines. The Fleet River would have flowed from left to […]

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The Fleet River from Baggnige Wells to Kings Cross Bridge

In nearby Frederick Street, just off Kings Cross Road, is this small community gardens set in a depression. Its pretty obvious this was once the bed of the river itself The Fleet River now flows in its ‘sewer’ from Cubitt Street to Grays Inn Road, where it turns to cross over the underground railway line to Kings Cross. Originally it […]

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The Fleet River from Mount Pleasant to Baggnige Wells

At one time the Fleet river gently meandered between Mount Pleasant and Baggnige Wells. However by 1830 its course had been straightened out and that alignment now forms a large part of the alignment of Phoenix Place and Pakenham Street, and it is this alignment along which the Fleet Sewer now runs. There are clues as to the river’s existence […]

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The Fleet’s course from Farringdon to Mount Pleasant

Past Onslow Street the river headed across Clerkenwell Road northwards towards Ray Street. Much confusion over the Fleet’s alignment arises because of the massive changes to the valley as a result of the building and presence of the Metropolitan/Circle lines in the area. Many people think the railway was built in the bed of the Fleet River, whilst others assume […]

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The Fleet’s former route from Blackfriars to Farringdon

New Bridge Road and Farringdon Road are the main throroughfare here and the Fleet River was arched over with substantial stone blocks. Later it was strengthened with several courses of brickwork. The evidence for this can be seen in this picture from Thames water’s archives. There are a number of photographs from urban explorers showing what a twin tunnel section […]

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The Fleet River and its Canal

The Fleet River must be the one and only natural river which enabled boats to reach any part of the inner metropolis of London, long before the Grand Junction or the Regents Canal were built. By decree of its route through some of old London’s most populated areas, the river was used as a sewer and certainly a most unhealthy […]

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