Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Metroman, Aug 6, 2017.
Anyone else noticed these. This one is on Rattray road. Are there others?
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.
There is a blog about this here diamond geezer
Yeah there's one at the bottom of my road in West Norwood.
Here's some stuff from the designers websites about the 'What Lies Beneath' project
Atelier Design - Lost and Found
Tom Castle - River Effra
Noticed last week that theres one by the church in Kennington on Prima Road, and another on Claylands road near Meadow Road.
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 . Unfortunately it's not there any more as the archeologists accidentally snapped it off .
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.
Meanwhile, here's a highly interesting explore of the Effra as it is today
GES263 - Effra Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO), London
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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