Silk Stream

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Silk Stream in Silkstream Park, Burnt Oak

The Silk Stream is a brook just over 4 kilometres long in the London Borough of Barnet.[1] It is one of the major components of the Blue Ribbon Network.[2]

The Silk Stream is a tributary of the River Brent, which it joins at Brent Reservoir. It has several tributaries including Burnt Oak Brook, Edgware Brook, the Edgwarebury Brook and Deans Brook.[3] The Silk Stream runs north-south through Colindale and Hendon. It gives its name to Silkstream Road, near Burnt Oak station.

Silk Stream and Burnt Oak Brook are a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade II.[1][4]

The name Silk is believed to derive from Sulh or Sulc, probably from the Old English for plough or furrow.[5]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Hewlett, Janet (1997). Nature Conservation in Barnet. London Ecology Unit. ISBN 1 871045 27 4. 


  1. ^ a b "Silk Stream and Burnt Oak Brook". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2006. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Greater London Authority - The blue ribbon network
  3. ^ Middlesex County Council, Sources of the Silk Stream
  4. ^ "iGiGL – helping you find London’s parks and wildlife sites". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2006. 
  5. ^ Ekwall, E., English River Names, 1928, cited in Sheldon, Harvey (1996). "In Search of Sulloniacis". In Bird, Joanna; Hassall, Mark; Sheldon; Harvey. Interpreting Roman London. Oxbow Books. p. 233. ISBN 1 900188 02 3. 

Coordinates: 51°34′47″N 0°14′45″W / 51.57972°N 0.24583°W / 51.57972; -0.24583