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Friday, November 23, 2012

Farringdon Road

This view up the Farringdon Road shows clearly its ancestry as a river, the River Fleet. It is a fascinating street in its own right, to quote wikipedia:
Its construction, which took almost 20 years between the 1840s and the 1860s, is considered one of the greatest urban engineering achievements of the 19th century. Not only was it one of the first engineered multi-lane roads, but it also buried the River Fleet in a system of underground tunnels, solving one of London's most daunting sanitary problems. Its construction also included the building of the world's first stretch of underground railway, a branch of the Metropolitan Railway that later became part of the London Underground

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 2

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Blogger Petrea Burchard said ... (02:57) : 

Interesting history. Your picture clearly shows the story.


Anonymous CornishCockney said ... (09:17) : 

You can see a picture of the Holborn Viaduct here ( from 100 years ago and it hasn't changed a bit!
Article dated 23 November 2012, 3rd picture down. in case you come to it on a late.

My Gt grandfather grew up there in the late 19th century, and would snot doubt recognise it today.


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