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'London's New River, neither new nor a river' online Zoom presentation by John Polley

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'London's New River, neither new nor a river' online Zoom presentation by John Polley

Time: November 26, 2020 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Phone: 07814546772
Event Tag: new, river, bowes, manor, sur, hugh, myddelton
Posted By: Mr John Polley
Latest Activity: Nov 30, 2020

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A free online Zoom presentation for HOL members.

Please RSVP to obtain your personal invitation and link to the Zoom presentation.

I have not been able to schedule my usual New River walks this year so I thought that it might be a nice idea to offer my virtual walk and presentation to everyone instead, especially at this time of year with the dark colder nights and during lock down.


John Polley was born and brought up in Bowes Park, North London. 

He has a variety of interests, including local history, transport, and industrial archaeology. John is also a keen walker and has walked the New River many times in over 30 years. He organises and leads walking tours and introduces people to this relatively unknown waterway.

His interest in the New River stemmed from when he grew up in the family home, a very ordinary Edwardian North London suburban terraced house. John's father seemed to think that there used to be a lake where the house stood. In the course of time, John found out more about that 'lake' and much more besides! 

On tap, clean & safe drinking water is something we take for granted nowadays, however, this wasn’t the case in London until relatively recent times. 

John will explain how a little known 400 year old artificial man made waterway came to be and why it is not really a river at all. He will explain how and why it was planned & built and take us on a journey downstream from it’s source in rural Hertfordshire to the City Of London.

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Comment by Sheri Waddell on November 20, 2020 at 7:16

Would like to join this presentation - please send details of how to do this. Many thanks Sheri 

Comment by Mr John Polley on November 20, 2020 at 9:42

Thanks for your interest Sheri, You will be very welcome to join. Drop me an email and I will send you the meeting link.


Regards John

Comment by Sheri Waddell on November 20, 2020 at 10:05


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