Talk:New River (England)

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Pollution issue[edit]

Pollution of much of London's existing water supply by industries that had developed in the Lee's downstream reaches was the principal driver for its construction.[1]

I removed this factual error. I'm not a usual wiki editor so I don't know if I'm following the rules. The Lea was not polluted in the early 17th century when the New River was completed (the New River did not take water from the Lea for the first few decades). Even in the 19th century, when the Lea became very polluted, the bigger problem was sewage from upriver communities, not industrial pollution, as most of the industry was built along the tidal back rivers in West Ham that which were not used by either the New River company or the East London Waterworks Company. I'll try and improve the article and provide all the references necessary to back up this information in the future. (Cljim22 (talk) 17:02, 26 January 2009 (UTC))

Thanks for taking the time. I would say that normally, where a reliable source states something, we accept it - however, looking at that ref, it didn't actually seem to support the claim.
I do know that industrial processes were taking place on the natural course of the Lee in the 16th-17th centuries - there was a gunpowder mill at Temple Mills and white lead grinding was taking place at mills on Temple Mills, Hackney Marshes and Three Mills. Possibly too far downstream to affect water extraction and maybe not within the medical knowledge of the time as a danger to health. I think that probably the reason chosen for where it is extracted, and the route it takes is purely topographical.
Certainly, the East London Waterworks Company is taking water from Lea Bridge and Old Ford, in 1806. Hackney Cut is not built until 1770.
HTH, and hope to see your improvements soon. Thanks Kbthompson (talk) 17:21, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

'Terminus' of River[edit]

Article isn't very clear on exactly where the river ends. One line says Stoke Newington, another says it merely goes below ground here to reappear in Islington. The linked-to map shows it ending in Clerkenwell. A river cannot merely 'end', so perhaps a paragraph on what becomes of it? I'd guess either it enters the sewer system, goes underground until it empties in to the Thames, or else is entirely sucked up for drinking water? Grunners (talk) 22:06, 22 October 2011 (UTC)

The 'Route' section does say the New River originally terminated near the Sadler's Wells theatre in Clerkenwell. The New River Head building (former headquarters of the Metropolitan Water Board), built in the early 20th century, includes elements of the original water house from the 1660s (see http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1205431). The works here closed in 1947, and the water course now ends at the reservoir and filter beds at Stoke Newington (see http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/A1054239-023F-414E-A85B-77DF71745E55/0/GAG_NewRiverHeadteachersPack.pdf). I have found a reference which dates the diversion to the East Reservoir to 1946, and have added this to the 'Route' section. Paul W (talk) 08:45, 27 October 2011 (UTC)