London’s Main Drainage Booklets

I thought I’d share some front cover images from a few variations of booklet on the theme of London’s Main Drainage, produced by a mix of London administrative bodies. I’m unsure how many incarnations of these booklets were published over the years, though I expect it is greater than the five I have. Read More

Drain0r Magazine – It’s Miasmic

Back in the heady days of 2008, in days of frivolity and disposable income, I was the co-editor of a short print run fanzine type publication named Section61. The third issue of said zine was drain & sewer themed and as it was being taken on as a solo effort Read More

Anatomy of a Junction: Two

North Western Storm Relief Sewer: Notting Hill

After years of dispute and deliberation Joseph Bazalgette (Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Board of Works) was given a little short of carte blanche to reform London’s piecemeal drainage system, the clincher being the much documented ‘Great Stink‘ of 1858. Bazalgtte’s intercepting sewers constituted the lion’s Read More

A cover story

“What on earth is that place?”

“What must my job be?!”

“I hope I get paid a lot for doing that!”

“Where is that anyway?” Read More

Anatomy of a Junction: One

The King’s Scholars’ Pond Sewer: St. John’s Wood

When a fellow underground aficionado first ventured into a London sewer his planned journey began in St. John’s Wood, in an unremarkable section of the King’s Scholars’ Pond Sewer (K.S.P.S.). Unremarkable as it was the 5.5ft x 3.5ft egg shaped sewer bombarded John with curious new sights, sounds Read More

Metropolitan Board of Works