South-East London's lost river revealed again?

Back in January 2015 I wrote about how the River Wogebourne had apparently been revealed once again by Crossrail work. Most of the river is now buried below ground as it runs from its source at Shooters Hill, through Plumstead and Abbey Wood and ending at the lakes and canal systems of Thamesmead.

Long lost River Wogesbourne / Wickham Valley Waterway? Jan 2015 pic
Long lost River Wogesbourne / Wickham Valley Waterway? Jan 2015 pic

Some more work appears to have revealed another stretch of this waterway further east as the culvert is upgraded beside the future Crossrail corridor:

Waterway seen beside red crane

This matches Crossrail plans, which label this stretch as culvert 615:

Crossrail plan relocated culvert

This little river, well stream really, will shortly be covered over once again and hidden for decades to come.


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One thought on “South-East London's lost river revealed again?

  • September 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    The stream went under the railway line behind the garages in Bracondale Rd.


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