Subterranean rivers of London

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A sketch map of some lost rivers
"London Before Houses", Image taken from: Title: "A History of London ... With maps and illustrations ... Second edition, revised and enlarged" Author: LOFTIE, William John; 1884, London, Edward Stanford (publisher); type: monographic
The Effra is one of the subterranean rivers of London. It discharges into the Thames by Vauxhall Bridge, from which this photograph was taken.

The subterranean or underground rivers of London are the tributaries of the River Thames and River Lea that were built over during the growth of the metropolis of London. The rivers now flow through underground culverts,[1] with a number of them now integral parts of London's sewerage system.[2]

Subterranean rivers in London[edit]

The Moselle is visible above ground flowing through Tottenham Cemetery on its way to the Lea.

North of the River Thames

The culverted mouth of the Earl's Sluice at Deptford Wharf

South of the River Thames


In June 2008, the office of Mayor of London published outline plans to reinstate some underground rivers.[5] In January 2009, a partnership among the Environment Agency, Natural England, The River Restoration Centre, and the Greater London Authority set out a strategy for putting this into effect by creating the London Rivers Action Plan.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nicholas Barton, The Lost Rivers of London, Historical Publications, ISBN 0-948667-15-X
  2. ^ Humphreys, Sir George W. (November 1930). Main Drainage of London (PDF). London: London County Council. p. 5. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b London's Lost Rivers (2011) Paul Talling, Random House, pp148-150 ISBN 9781847945976
  4. ^ "The Lost River Of London You've Never Heard Of: The Heathwall". Londonist.
  5. ^ "Boris Johnson to revive London's lost rivers". Times Online. London, UK. 5 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Environment Agency plans for river restoration". UK. 2 March 2010. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  7. ^ "London Rivers Action Plan". The River Restoration Centre. UK. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2010.

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