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TALK: The Mercenary River, with Nick Higham, author and journalist

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TALK: The Mercenary River, with Nick Higham, author and journalist

Time: November 10, 2022 from 3pm to 4pm
Location: Bruce Castle Museum
Street: Lordship Lane
City/Town: Tottenham, London
Website or Map: http://www.brucecastle.org
Phone: 020 8489 4250
Event Tag: meet the author, nick higham, new river, the mercenary river, free talk, history talk, history book
Posted By: Bruce Castle
Latest Activity: Nov 5, 2022

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Event Description

He used to head 'Meet The Author' for the BBC, now you can meet the author and journalist Nick Higham at Bruce Castle this coming week to hear more about his new book 'The Mercenary River'.

Come and find out about the fascinating story of the over 400 year old New River that still runs through Haringey today.
How did north London's New River transform the way Londoners lived and the way Britain did business?

For centuries London struggled to supply its citizens with reliable, clean water. The Mercenary River tells the story of that struggle from the middle ages to the present day.

Nick will tell the tale of remarkable technological, scientific and organisational breakthroughs at the time; but also a story of greed and complacency, high finance and low politics.

Among the breakthroughs was the picturesque New River, neither new nor a river but a state of the art aqueduct completed in 1613 and still part of London’s water supply: the company that built it was one of the very first modern business corporations, and also one of the most profitable.

No need to book, just turn up to hear Nick at 3pm on Thursday 10 November.
Signed books will be for sale.

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