There is no better way of exploring a city. And there is no better guide to it than Tom Bolton. Join us with Tom for a fascinating evening as he guides us through his new book.
London Lost Rivers Volume 2 explores nine more rivers that have been lost, hidden or mislaid across the city. Multiple watercourses have been culverted, placed in tunnels or diverted into the sewer system beneath London’s pavements but, although they may be hidden from view, clues remain. These new walks trace the routes of buried rivers, tracking the impression they have left on the landscape and cityscape of London. They use history, culture and commentary to unpick some of London’s more obscure neighbourhoods alongside its best known destinations.
The walks little-known Cock and Pye Ditch and its cousin the Bloomsbury Ditch flow under Covent Garden, feet away from unsuspecting tourists. Other rivers include the Hackney Brook, beloved of London’s writers; Tottenham’s Moselle River, not to be confused with the French version, which runs past its new football stadium; the unsavoury sounding Black Ditch, hidden among the canals and docks of Stepney and Limehouse; the baffling network of west London streams that make up the Stamford Brook; the Bollo Brook, which connects industrial Acton to one of Britain’s most famous landscaped gardens at Chiswick House; Counter’s Creek, which still flows above ground into the Thames at Chelsea; and the Falcon, whose steep valley slices right through Battersea.
The book is illustrated with specially commissioned photographs by acclaimed children’s author and photographer SF Said. He uses expired polaroid film stock to create unusual, unpredictable and unique effects that seem to reveal mysteries hiding behind the visible. SF and Tom Bolton have previously worked together on London’s Lost Rivers Volume 1 and Vanished City.
The book tracks lost river routes that are recorded on no map, stripping back the layers to reveal London’s veins and arteries and the history that lurks beneath our
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Ticket price includes £5.00 discount on the purchase price of London’s Lost Rivers and a complimentary glass of wine/soft drink.
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Reserve tickets at this website2020-03-19 19:00 2020-03-19 19:00 Europe/London London’s lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide Volume 2 by Tom Bolton A talk by Tom about his latest book on lost rivers. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/03/19/londons-lost-rivers-a-walkers-guide-volume-2-by-tom-bolton-226937 Stanfords,7 Mercer Walk,,London