Video: Inside The Fleet Sewer

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By M@ Last edited 25 months ago
Video: Inside The Fleet Sewer

Warning: video and photo gallery contain images that might put you off your lunch.

The River Fleet rises on Hampstead Heath, flows down through Kentish Town, Camden and King's Cross to Blackfriars. You've probably never seen it. For the past couple of hundred years it's been hiding beneath ground in a sewer. We recently took a paddle through the buried watercourse in the company of Tom Bolton, author of London's Lost Rivers.

With thanks to Thames Water for granting access and supervision.

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Filming the sewer.
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Far-away flushers.
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Rat poison.
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A side tunnel.
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A three-way junction links off to an interceptor tunnel.
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Geoff films the interceptor.
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Geoff doing his thing.
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Tom emerges into the fresh Camden air.
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Geoff finds a souvenir on his camera.

Last Updated 27 October 2015

Jim Morvay

I am rather impressed at the condition of the sewer tunnels themselves, considering their age. Here in America, we have to have the worst metropolitan sewer systems, constantly caving in, cracking, and the tunnels being constructed of brick, are constantly being repaired.