The following is from an 1899 survey of London's water supply published in The Lancet. The passage describes arrangements for the New River.
The general work which has constantly to be done is that the banks of the river have to be kept in a good state of repair, the weeds which grow in the stream have to be cut, and trespassers have to be prevented from doing any damage to the water or to the banks. In order that these things may be efficiently carried out, the river is divided into twelve divisions or "walks." Each walk is under the care of two men, the senior of whom is called the "walksman" and the assistant the "walksman's mate". It is the duty of these men constantly to perambulate the river to keep off all cowans and intruders, to repair the banks where necessary, and to cut the grass on the walks which extend on both sides of the greater part of the course of the river.
Harringay was in Walk 2 which stretched from Stoke Newington up to Tottenham Lane.
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