The River Mimram rises from a spring to the north-west of Whitwell in North Hertfordshire and makes its confluence with the River Lea near Horn's Hill. The river is the subject of a Stevie Smith poem, 'The River God'. It is thought that the name is derived from a Celtic river god, although there has been little etymological research into the name. There is little doubt, however, that the river has been used through the centuries for a number of different purposes, including cress beds which have existed since Roman times. The river flows through two major Hertfordshire towns, including Hertford and Welwyn Garden City, and both have been greatly influenced by the river. Other themes touched upon include history, folklore and flora and fauna. Illustrated throughout, this is a must have for anybody who knows and loves this enchanting river.
About the Author
Tony Rook is a building technologist who has done research on the manufacture and use of traditional building materials. He has also directed excavations of Roman sites. For many years, he was an extramural tutor in archaeology for three universities. Now retired, he gives illustrated talks. He lives in Welwyn, Hertfordshire.
Table of Contents
Introduction & Maps 5
1 Early History 9
2 The River at Work 16
3 King's Walden to St Paul's Walden 21
4 Stagenhoe to Codicote 31
5 Ayot St Lawrence to Welwyn 44
6 Lockleys to Digswell 56
7 Digswell Viaduct and Digswell Water 66
8 Tewin Water to Marden 72
9 Panshanger 83
10 Hertingfordbury 90