Riceyman Steps, on the banks of the Fleet, was a stopping-point for ferrymen travelling down into the City. And on the far side of the river stood Bagnigge Wells – one of the largest pleasure gardens in Enlightenment London. But why did these wells disappear so quickly and so completely in the early nineteenth century?


Walks through this point

London has many lost rivers, but the greatest of them all is the mighty Fleet – a prehistoric tributary, a Roman trade route, a medieval moat, an eighteenth-century eyesore and a Victorian sewer. Join us as we paddle – metaphorically – in the Fleet’s lower reaches, exploring the experiences of those who have lived and died beside it over two thousand years. 

Tap 'View Map' to see the route and stops. Tapping the numbered syringes on the map will take you to each stop. Once you're ready to go to the next stop, tap 'Back' at the top of the screen to return to the map. If you want to jump straight to a particular stop, use the links below 'View Map'.

Distance: 2.5 miles / 4 kilometres

Start: Argyle Square, WC1H (nearest tube is Kings Cross)

End: Riverside path underneath Blackfriars Bridge, EC4Y (nearest tubes are Blackfriars / St Paul's / Temple)

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