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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
14th August 1867 Forsyte Saga author John Galsworthy was born in Kingston Upon Thames.
14th August 1802 Poet and novelist Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL) was born in Chelsea, London.
The River Effra - found!
The hidden lost River Effra, reaches the Thames here.
Location: Vauxhall Bridge, London
Description: The River Effra was once a large tributery to The Thames and was already being used as a sewer by the 17th century, although the upper reaches were still clear in the second half of the 19th.
Most of it has now been covered or hidden and very little is actually visible, except for this small outlet into The Thames.
The name is derived from the Celtic word for torrent (e.g. 'ffrydlif' in current Welsh) given by the pre-Roman tribes (see Peter Akroyd's 'The Thames').
It used to flood regularly, particularly in West Norwood.