The New River. Which isn't either...
December 10, 2002 6:39 AM Subscribe
When the Romans
ran out of fresh water, they built aqueducts
. When C17 Londoners ran out, they built The New River
. Snaking from Chadwell and Amwell springs to the New River Head, it's not new, it's not a river, but it is the largest body of non-tidal flowing water in Europe and one of few local habitats for dragonflies [geocities
Over 40 miles in length
, and taking just 4 years to complete, the river was opened in 1613. But it ran over budget and didn't make a profit until 1633, two years after it's designer and chief financier, Hugh Myddelton
, had died.
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