Moselle Brook Outlet

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Moselle Brook Outlet - Courtesy Richard Hadingham
Moselle Brook Outlet - Courtesy Richard Hadingham

"As I recall, much of the river (or 'brook' as we used to call it) flowed in a deep concrete culvert from roughly South Tottenham station to where it entered the River Lea at the south-east corner of Markfield Recreation Ground and was heavily polluted, as was also the Lea itself from below Tottenham Locks. I remember the original brick and wrought iron footbridge which crossed the outlet point, and the construction of the present lower level concrete bridge. The slopes (ramps) up to the wooden-boarded bridge were laid with raised granite blocks to aid adhesion for the shire horses which towed the barges along the Lea. Horses were gradually replaced by steam tugs, and later still, diesel tugs. I do not remember the Moselle ever flooding, but the River Lea overflowed ocasionally. In the winter of 1947 the water level rose to about 3 feet above the towpath. The Flood Level marking can still be seen to this day on the concrete wall, approximately where Bambergers woodyard was (now flats). And yes, the rivers did smell evil in those days! Attached is the only photo I have of the outlet, taken just after the new concrete bridge was built."

By Richard Hadingham, who grew up in Tottenham in the 1950s. We thank Richard for sharing his memories. Please do get in touch, especially if you too have memories of the Moselle...