Beginnings 1600–1619


in The New River

Published in print May 1985 | ISBN: 9780198254973
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681547 | DOI:
Beginnings 1600–1619

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The City of London was once well watered. The growth of population and building, however, had its inevitable effect, until the citizens were forced to seek sweet waters abroad. This situation started to change when a Dutchman named Peter Morris applied to city officials for permission to construct a water-wheel and pumps under one of the arches of London Bridge for the purpose of supplying culinary water to the city. As impressive as Morice's water-wheels were, his accomplishment was overshadowed by Sir High Myddelton, the sixth son of the Governor of Denbigh Castle, and his construction of a canal to carry water to London from the Herfordshire springs of Chadwell and Amwell. This engineering feat, begun in 1609 and finished in 1613, was so bold in design, that the “New River” source is still used today forming a valuable part of London's water supply.

Keywords: water-wheel; pumps; London Bridge; Denbigh Castle; Herfordshire springs

Chapter.  7577 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Law

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