The Lost River

by Polina Vezhan

Contemporary London has hidden few rivers from its visitors. And even locals often are not familiar with them, as the lost rivers lie concealed, encased in tunnels or in pipes and run silently beneath the surface of the city. These are the names of the rivers in order , west to east – Stamford Brook, the Wandle, Counter’s Creek, the Falcoln, the Westbourne, the Tyburn, the Effra, the Fleet, the Walbrook, Neckinger and the Earl’s Sluice, the Peck and Ravensbourne.

The mouth of the River Fleet today, underneath Blackfriars Bridge

Whereismylondon is telling  the story of one of the lost rivers, the Fleet:

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Music: Muse – Feeling Good (cover by Matcooper212)

Published in: on March 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm  Comments (2)  
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The history of Fleet Street with Nigel Roche

By Carlos Martin Tornero

Nigel Roche, head of the St Bride Foundation´s library, takes us on a journey through the history of Fleet Street, the birthplace of the modern newspapers.

Get ready to a time travel of more than 500 years that thanks to Nigel Roche´s wisdom will only take us a brief while.

“We don´t have newspapers as we understand them before about 1620. In the rest of the eighteenth century, the newspapers grow and grow and they begin a love hate relationship with the government.”

“Governments have never been particularly fond of newspapers. The answer here was to tax the newspapers so heavily that only the rich, who probably support the government, can afford them.”

Listen the interview here

(Music credit: I giorni. By Ludovico Einaudi)

Carlos Martín Tornero

The history of Fleet Street with Nigel Roche, librarian and printer

Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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