nrseal 690x495 - The New River #2

The debate between the builders of the New River and the later, more famous waterways engineer, James Brindley, continues to be a part of debate. Was one or the other the more original concept in terms of waterways construction? In some respects neither were really original although the New RiverRead More →

DSC01958fi 690x495 - The New River

Sir Hugh Myddleton’s New River opened on this day 405 years ago. On Michaelmas Day 1613 itself there was a momentous event. An extravagant parade was led through the streets of Islington and the cheers went up when the first water entered the newly built Round Pond. The New RiverRead More →

IMG 0287fi - 85 years of the tube beyond Finsbury Park #2

In the first part of this series I looked at the new extension and its five stations north of Finsbury park, namely Manor House, Turnpike Lane, Wood Green, Bounds Green and Arnos Grove, these opened on 19th September 1932. The next section to open was north to Enfield West, aRead More →

IMG 2401fi - The Cockfosters Extension 3: Wood Green

Wood Green’s tube station, at the northern end of the high street, is another example of unusual creativity on the Cockfosters extension. Like the previous two stations, Wood Green has vent grilles on the platforms that depict local scenes, in this case its the now vanished local woods and itsRead More →