Spital Brook is shown as flowing into the New River.
This may not be correct -- Wikipedia documents Spital Brook as a tributary of the River Lea which is to the East. Lee Valley park also describes part of its area as Spitalbrook, implying that the brook extends beyond the New River into its area.
Comment from hadw almost 4 years ago
OS OpenData StreetView does seem to show an unnatural crossing of waterways here,
What is WIkipedia's primary source?
Comment from harg almost 4 years ago
One thing that made me wonder about this was because I found a similar error with Theobalds Brook a few miles South. OSM also showed that as flowing into the New River but I remembered seeing that about 10 feet lower, revisited and confirms it flows under, out the other side and I've subsequently traced it much further.
I think this one may be the same, but I don't often go in that direction in daylight.
Comment from TomH over 3 years ago
There are definitely places where streams do cross the New River in an "unnatural" way. See for example where Wolllensbrook crosses under the New River in a culvert next to Essex Road in Hoddesoden. I didn't believe that myself until I went and looked!
Comment from harg over 3 years ago
I was able to visit. At this point the New River is banked up about 12 to 16 feet above ground level. Spital Brook is clearly visible, flowing under it and out the other side towards the railway. I need to check further east -- it seems to turn right and run parallel to the railway, which is a different path to that of the historic map.
- Resolved by harg over 3 years ago
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