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What I like about your blog is that it tells me about places I actually didn't know about - even though I have lived in London all my life - and it makes me want to go and see some of them for myself. Thanks.

I often cycle through Crane Park when I'm going to Twickenham from the Hounslow area. The shot tower was renovated a few years ago. Although the park still has wild feel in certain parts, it is generally a lot tidier than it was.

I know the owners of the Powder Mill Cafe, (in Powder Mill lane) near the park, could have got you a tea on the house had I known you were in the area.

I always thought I had seen lighthouse in London, but never could find any information. I must have seen these shot towers. Thanks for clearing that up.

What Brian said...

OK - so it's not 'lost' in the sense of the Fleet, Walbrook etc, but still unknown to many of us - so thanks for outing it for us !
fascinating to learn how these little tributaries survive and fortunately are cherished and preserved by local groups, otherwise I guess they would be at risk of becoming 'lost' by culverting etc in the same way as the Fleet and Walbrook and others did in the past

...I'm guessing that choice of link target for "Help a London Park" was deliberate? ;-)

Excellent. Like Brian said, another area I lived in but know virtually nothing about, that I now want to visit.

I'm sure if Thames Water had pumped Terminal 2 full of slurry no-one would have noticed.

"Some shot towers elsewhere in the country were 50% taller - these made larger ammunition, because pellet size was related to length of plummet."

I think you've got this backwards. How can a droplet get larger as it falls? Once the drop falls from the sieve that's it, surely. To make larger shot I'd imagine you'd use larger holes, and need a longer fall to allow the droplet time to set properly.

How about 'Outing' as JohnHB puts it, more unknown or overlooked rivers and streams.

The River Crane as such may start in Hayes, but it actually starts up here in Harrow as the Yeading Brook.

Rich post, as ever. And a heartbreaking link to the Thames Water pollution story. Your '... not in February' might be a more sinister silent spring?

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