fbe London - Lost River Walks – River Fleet

London Branch

21st July 2022
9:30 AM



Member: Free

Non-member: £20 + VAT

Event Details:

Walk the route of the River Fleet with expert Paul Talling, author of the book London’s Lost Rivers.

The River Fleet is the most well-known of London’s subterranean rivers and is known to be used in Roman times as a major river with a tide mill in its estuary.

A detailed 4 hour guided walking tour of the lower part of the River Fleet's course, London's most well-known lost river.  Starting outside an Art Nouveau Grade II listed pub which is decorated throughout with multi-coloured marble, mosaics, and bronze reliefs of monks. The pub stands on the site of a Dominican Monastery which stood beside the River Fleet. The walk takes in (a partial) view of the outfall chamber into the Thames, a talk about the London sewer system, the sites of the old prisons, bridges and wells that used to line the banks of the Fleet, the Holborn viaduct which spans the Fleet Valley, Smithfield Market (including a brief look at the closed down parts which are also covered in Paul's Derelict London book), Hockley In the Hole an ancient haunt of thieves and the site of bear-baiting where you can now hear the Fleet flowing beneath a drain cover, finishing up at the St Pancras Old Church where people once bathed in the adjacent Fleet plus a look at a few of the interesting gravestones.

Numbers are limited to 20, so early booking essential.

The tour goes ahead regardless of the weather. No refunds due to inclement weather are given.

The walk will depart promptly at the advertised time & will not wait for late-comers. If a ticket holder misses the walk, no refund will be given.


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