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Urban Exploration: The Lost River Effra, UK - 07/22/2013

The River Effra is one of London’s great lost waterways. Rising near Crystal Palace, its course flows through Norwood, Dulwich, Herne Hill, Brixton and Kennington, before finally emptying into the Thames beside Vauxhall Bridge. Since Victorian times this ancient river has been lost from sight however, flowing through subterranean passages and drains deep beneath the city streets. I took a trip down to London Below, in order to walk the course of this long-forgotten Thames tributary. The River Effra The Effra is referred to frequently in historical texts. In Thames: Sacred River , Peter Ackroyd writes that the Effra took it name from the Celtic word yfrid , meaning ‘torrent’. One myth tells that Queen Elizabeth I sailed the Effra in her royal barge, to visit Sir Walter Raleigh at his Brixton home. By the late seventeenth century however, the Effra (like most of London's waterways) had begun to deteriorate into an open sewer. In the mid-nineteenth century, the famed civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette redirected some segments of the Effra to form the Southern High Level Sewer, also known as the Effra Sewer, as well as the Southern Low Level Sewer which in turn feeds into the Southern Outfall Sewer. One of the more notable stretches lays beneath Effra Road in Brixton, supposedly accessible through the crypts of St. Luke's Church at West Norwood. A local legend from Victorian times describes a coffin which appeared floating down the Effra. The corresponding grave at West ...

Urban Exploration: The Lost River Effra, UK

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