Saturday, 12 February 2011

It has always been said that enchantment is brought in the burying alive of great waters, yet the purchase may be a perilous one. The "lost rivers" can still create stench and dampness. The Fleet River, at times of storm, can still reach beyond its artificial containment and flood basements along its route; at its source in Hampstead it was the expediter of agues and fever. The valleys of these rviers, many now converted into roads or train-lines, were subject to fog as well as damp.

Coil - The Lost Rivers of London

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