The statue on Islington Green is of Sir Hugh Myddleton. Sir Myddleton or Middleton (1560 – 1631) is considered to be largely responsible for the success of the New River project.
This was an ambitious venture which brought drinking water from springs and the River Lea at Hertfordshire to North London (finishing at the New River Head – close to Sadler’s Wells Theatre).
The aqueduct was completed in 1613 with some financial help from King James 1. It orignially ran for about 38 miles – and now forms a 28 mile continuous walk, known as ‘The New River Path’ (a Thames Water initiative), linking Hertford with Islington.
Today, the New River continues to play an essential role in London’s water supply, providing daily supplies representing 8% of the city’s daily water consumption.
Download information on the New River Path route and enjoy this charming and historic walk.