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River Effra

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Metroman, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Metroman

    Metroman Active Member

    Anyone else noticed these. This one is on Rattray road. Are there others?


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  2. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Yes. Nearby on Dalberg and Dulwich Roads and Effra parade, I think. I think there are something like 30 of them marking the route of the river from Norwood. There's an info sign explaining "Stinky London" (referring to stink pipes set into the course of the river after it was covered over) on the grass between Meath House and the bus stop opposite the lido car park entrance to Brockwell Park.
  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    There is a blog about this here diamond geezer
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  4. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Yeah there's one at the bottom of my road in West Norwood.
  5. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

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  6. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Noticed last week that theres one by the church in Kennington on Prima Road, and another on Claylands road near Meadow Road.
  7. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    The Effra flows into the Thames in Vauxhall. There was a great Time Team about it in which they discovered that a post sticking up out of the river bed was not part of a Victorian pontoon as anticipated but amazingly part of an early river crossing about 3,000 years old :eek:. Unfortunately it's not there any more as the archeologists accidentally snapped it off :facepalm:.
  8. billythefish

    billythefish toad licker

    You can still see some of it at low tide. It's Mesolithic IIRC, possibly the oldest extant structure in London at around 12,000 years old! They're not sure whether it was a crossing or a jetty across the tidal mud flats that would have been there.
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  9. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    Meanwhile, here's a highly interesting explore of the Effra as it is today

    GES263 - Effra Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), London

    An excerpt:

  10. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

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  11. MAD-T-REX

    MAD-T-REX Well-Known Member

    Signal Books | River Effra

    This newish book is pretty comprehensive and a good read. Lots of interesting little facts, such as the name Effra not emerging until the 19th century (when the areas along the route were being sold to upper/middle class sorts, so it needed a name) and it originally joined the Thames at Bermondsey until the local abbey had it rerouted so it wouldn't flood their lands. Herne Hillers may also be interested to know that the river runs under the little alley between the Florence and Commercial.
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