This page will eventually cover links to a series of posts elsewhere on the blog on the River Quaggy including both the main river and the known tributaries. In doing this, I am following in the footsteps of a sadly departed fellow fluvial flâneur, Ken White, whose wonderful “The Quaggy & Its Catchment Area” is available from the Quaggy Waterways Action Group – QWAG.
For readers familiar with Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells series, Ken White’s booklet has a lot of similarities in terms of style, hand drawn maps and diagrams – such as the map of the Quaggy and its tributaries, below (see footnote) and the beautiful handwritten text.
However, ‘The Quaggy & its Tributaries’, as well as a range of other sources, are there for when I need to double check or get some pointers where the brooks and streams flowed. Other than Quaggy itself, most of the watercourses have been either culverted or diverted into the surface water drainage system.
The parts of the water-course that are currently covered within the blog include, in broadly in north to south order:
Upper Kid Brook – which flowed from close to Shooters Hill Road through Blackheath to join the Quaggy by St Stephen’s Church in Lewisham (updated August 2015)
Mid Kid Brook (current course) – which flows from around the location of the Brook Hospital through Kidbrook and the Cator Estate to join the Quaggy at Lee Green
Mid Kid Brook (original course in Lee) – including a lake/partial moat created in it, the Looking Glass of Lee, and a previously unnamed tributary of it which I have called Annesley’s Brook
Lower Kid Brook – which flowed from behind the Shooters Hill Police station to meet the Quaggy in John Roan School playing fields
Hither Green Ditch – whose course took it from just south of the Hither Green Cemetery to join the Quaggy close to Hither Green station, this includes a small unnamed tributary which is visible at Platform 5 at Hither Green along with a series of submerged tributaries flowing through the Corbett Estate.
Little Quaggy – a largely culverted stream rising in the borders of Chislehurst and Mottingham, which flows through The Tarn and emerges alongside the Sidcup bypass to join the Quaggy
Fairy Hall Flow – a tributary of the Little Quaggy in Mottingham, taking its name from the former appellation of Eltham College, rising in Elmstead Woods and joining the Little Quaggy on King John’s Walk – sadly it appears to be no longer flowing
Grove Park Ditch – a short stream rising in Lower Marvels Wood and for 400 metres has an almost rural feel before being hidden from view and re-emerging only at its confluence with the Quaggy by Sydenham Cottages
A stream with no name– a short stream in Grove Park
Border Ditch – a small in Grove Park that partially forms the boundary between Bromley and Lewisham
Milk Street Ditch – a short stream (with a longer tributary) in Sundridge Park
The Sundridge Park Ditches – a series of unnamed mainly former streams
Petts Wood Ditch & several unnamed streams flowing through the Hawkwood Estate to Kyd Brook, the name for the Quaggy at that point
The route from the sources near Locksbottom to the confluence with the Ravensbourne will appear in stages below:
The Kyd Brooks – Locksbottom to Petts Wood – Kyd Brook is the name for the Quaggy in its upper reaches, it shouldn’t be confused with the three Kid Brooks (see above)
Through Rural SE London and Suburbia – Petts Wood to the edges of Sundridge Park
Sundridge Park to Chinbrook Meadows – through an old country estate to a newly meandering course through a Lewisham Park
Chinbrook to Eltham Bridge – partly almost rural, partly encased in concrete – heading northwards from Chinbrook Meadows to (almost) Sutcliffe Park.
Sutcliffe Park to Lee Green – still rural looking in places, but a stretch dominated by flood defences, a rejuvenated Sutcliffe Park and playing fields
Lee Green to Manor Park – the urban river passing between Victorian and Edwardian houses and two of south London’s finest parks
Manor Park to the Ravensbourne – the final stretch into Lewisham, stopping briefly to listen to Kate Bush and watch a Chariot Festival
The Quaggy and its neighboring rivers the Pool and Ravensbourne have often flooded, although the risk in the Quaggy catchment was reduced with the work to Sutcliffe Park – there is a separate post on the 1968 floods which covers all three rivers.
The journey is now complete – although some posts will no doubt be revisited with updates. Running Past is moving on to the wider Ravensbourne catchment – if you want to receive updates follow me on WordPress or get e mail updates for new posts (see Home Page), ‘like’ me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter (@running_past).
Footnote – Ken White specifically allowed the copyright on the images in his booklet to expire on his death.