Saturday, 31 October 2009

The London/Hertfordshire border - Springwell

The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes northwards along the River Colne
The London, Hillingdon/ Hertfordshire boundary goes along the western edge of High Wood in a south easterly direction

River Colne
The Colne flows southwards

Post to the south Hill End
Post to the west Maple Cross
Post to the east Woodcock Hill
Post to the north Stocker's Lake


Sites on the London, Hillingdon side of the border

Grand Union Canal
Springwell Lock. Location for Dr.Who.
Springwell Lane Bridge
Springwell Lane Pipe Bridge
Springwell Lane Sewerage Pipe Bridge - Concrete bridge is over drainage from the sewage works
Sewerage Farm Marina
Watercress beds there were many miles of beds alongside the canal, although most are now disused.

River Colne
The Colne rises near Hatfield, flowing to the Thames at Staines. It is shown as ‘Coleneo’ in 785, and ’Colne’ in 894. It is an ancient pre-Celtic river name of uncertain origin and meaning found in several parts of the country – ie with the River Colne in Essex. Colne means, 'water'. It probably preserves an ancient name.
Colne – interchange between the river and the canal

Springwell Lane
Springwell Lake. managed by Three Valleys Water authority, and the lake used to be known as Springwell Reservoir. It is another old gravel pit. Used as a location in Dr.Who
Cripps farm. Modern bungalow
Cripps Farm cottage, was weatherboarded. Demolished 1950s.
Shaft in a wood. A 60 ft. shaft gave access to three short passages, two of which were blocked off. The shaft belled out as it entered chalk and is presumed to be a chalk well.
Springwell Chalk Pit. location for Dr.Who and Blake 7..
Springwell Farm
Springwell Cottage


Sources
Anglersnet. Web site
Canalplan. Web site
Chelsea Speliological Society. Newsletter
Drwholocations. Web site
London Borough of Hillingdon. Web site
Stevenson. Hertfordshire

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