Beverley Brook

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Coordinates: 51°28′18.48″N 0°13′22.8″W / 51.4718000°N 0.223000°W / 51.4718000; -0.223000
Beverley Brook
River
Beverley Brook - geograph.org.uk - 879625.jpg
Beverley Brook in Richmond Park
Country United Kingdom
Tributaries
 - left Pen Ponds overflow, Keswick Avenue ditch, Coombe Brook
 - right Kingsmere Stream, Queensmere Stream, Cannizaro Park stream, Pyl Brook, East Pyl Brook, Old Pyl ditch, Merton ditch culvert, Grand Drive ditch
Source
 - location Cuddington Recreation Park, Worcester Park, Greater London
Mouth
 - location Barn Elms, River Thames
 - coordinates 51°28′18.48″N 0°13′22.8″W / 51.4718000°N 0.223000°W / 51.4718000; -0.223000
Length 14.3 km (9 mi)
Map of the Beverley and Pyl Brooks showing surrounding parkland and access from settlements

Beverley Brook is a minor English river 14.3 kilometres (8.9 mi) long in southwest London.

Course[edit]

Beverley Brook rises at Cuddington Recreation Ground in Worcester Park then flows north in a culvert under the A2043 road, emerging in waste land next to Worcester Park Station. It then flows north east through Motspur Park, New Malden, Wimbledon Common, Richmond Park, forms the brief boundary of East Sheen and Roehampton near Priest's Bridge, flows through the south of Barnes (bounding the Barnes playing fields to the north and Putney Common to the south) and joins the River Thames above Putney Embankment at Barn Elms, Barnes.[1][2]

Its basin has a catchment area of 64 square kilometres.[3]

Uses[edit]

Beverley Brook creates a water feature used by deer, smaller animals and water grasses and some water lilies in Richmond Park (where it is followed by the Tamsin Trail and Beverley Walk). Beverley Brook separates a meadow to the west from Roehampton Vale playing fields and trees and shrubs in Wimbledon Common, in a stretch visible from the west side of the A3 and gives its name throughout its middle section to the Beverley Way section of the A3 — used in addresses by buildings on its shorter stretch of service road making up a retail section (including Halfords, a large storage company and Tesco) in Motspur Park — this major capital access route runs close alongside.[2]

Etymology[edit]

The name is derived from the former presence in the river of the European Beaver (Castor fiber),[4] a species extinct in Britain since the sixteenth century.[5]

Tributaries[edit]

Pyl Brook in North Cheam

Beverley Brook's longest tributary is Pyl Brook, 5.3 kilometres (3.3 mi) long,[3] which is a Local Nature Reserve.[6] It flows from Sutton through Lower Morden to join it at Beverley Park in New Malden.[1] Both brooks are on the Environment Agency's watch list of rivers susceptible to flooding.

Environmental improvements[edit]

For much of the twentieth century Beverley Brook was joined by poorly treated sewage from a sewage works in Green Lane, Worcester Park. Since some pipe redirection enabling the removing of the works and the introduction of improved treatment methods in 1998, the range of wildlife species in the river has steadily increased. Some of its water provides the good water quality required for the London Wetland Centre.[1]

There remains scope for further improvements as, for example, at Wimbledon Common, Beverley Brook has banks reinforced with wooden ‘toe-boarding’, which prevents use by water voles.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Inwood, Stephen (2008). Historic London: An Explorer's Companion. Pan Macmillan. p. 382. ISBN 0-230-70598-7. 
  2. ^ a b Open Street Map
  3. ^ a b "HA16 Rivers and Streams". Gateway to WildPRO. Wildlife Information Network. 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Field, John (1980). Place-names of Greater London. Batsford. pp. 30,166. ISBN 0-7134-2538-5. 
  5. ^ Martin, Horace T. (1892). Castorologia: Or The History and Traditions of the Canadian Beaver. W. Drysdale. p. 26. ISBN 0-665-07939-7. 
  6. ^ "Pyl Brook". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 
  7. ^ "London Water Vole Project". London Biodiversity Partnership. 2004. p. 4. 

External links[edit]

Next confluence upstream River Thames Next confluence downstream


Stamford Brook (north) Beverley Brook River Wandle (south)