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New River Co

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1602 Edmund Colthurst first proposed the idea

1606 The New River was commissioned by the Corporation of the City of London to carry water from the Chadwell and Amwell Springs to Islington, London; the course of the river followed the contours of the land and had a gradual fall.

After surveying the route and digging the first two-mile long stretch, Colthurst encountered financial difficulties.

The scheme was completed by Sir Hugh Myddleton between 1609 and its official opening on 29 September 1613.

1700 Supplemented by water from the River Lee

1767 Robert Mylne was appointed assistant surveyor of the New River Co, to work with Henry Mill.

1771 Mylne was appointed surveyor of the New River Co

1810 Mylne retired from his position with the New River Co

1811 Robert's son William Chadwell Mylne was appointed surveyor

1816 Proposal to amalgamate with the West Middlesex Water Co generated opposition on the grounds that a monopoly serving two-thirds of the Metropolis was not in the customer's interest[1] but it was pointed out that the New River Co would improve its situation by replacing its wooden mains with iron ones[2]

1822 The New River Co purchased the water supply licence of London Bridge Waterworks which had been dissolved. Later that year, Borough Waterworks Co purchased the licence from the New River Company.

1800s Deep wells were dug along the route and pumping stations built.

1850s many of the river's bends were eliminated, saving 12 miles.

1861 Mylne retired

Some parts have been piped underground and today the river flows into Stoke Newington reservoir.

1903 Compulsorily acquired by the Metropolitan Water Board, established to bring the 9 private water companies supplying water to London under a single public body.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times Mar 11, 1816
  2. The Times Feb 26, 1818
  • Engineering timelines: Sir Hugh Myddleton [1]
  • Wikipedia