The River Fleet

Swirl around your little grey cells and try and remember books that feature this murky watercourse, the Fleet River.



Entrance to the Fleet River, Samuel Scott, c. 1750.
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34 books · 17 voters · list created September 30th, 2009 by Bettie (votes) .
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message 1: by Bettie (last edited Sep 30, 2009 04:25PM) (new)

Bettie This river features in many works of literature, especially Dickens novels but I can't remember which ones.


message 2: by Bettie (new)

Bettie I'm sure there are some Sarah Waters nominees in here.


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I don't know from Fleet Street, but think there is a P.D. James novel that has all to do with the Thames, London. Great Expectations features many scenes up and down the Thames.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Thom wrote: "I don't know from Fleet Street, but think there is a P.D. James novel that has all to do with the Thames, London. Great Expectations features many scenes up and down the Thames."

DUH, is the Fleet River the same as the Thames? I got a note that appeared to be from you about Jane Austen but I cannot access it.




Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) The Fleet is/was a tributary of the Thames (the above picture shows its mouth). It was paved over/ rerouted into an underground canal at some point in the 19th century -- not exactly sure when. Fleet Street gets its name from the river; I think it once used to run parallel to its banks, or pretty close by anyway. This is the area where the prisons were that Dickens describes in some of his novels.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Themis-Athena wrote: "The Fleet is/was a tributary of the Thames (the above picture shows its mouth). It was paved over/ rerouted into an underground canal at some point in the 19th century -- not exactly sure when. F..."

Thanks for the explanation. I googled it and read a little bit about it. Goodreads is "throwing me out" today. When I click on a link to get here it lets me in and I read whatever but then it wants my password however its not good enough and out I go. This is a first for me but I have had many problems with goodreads especially the advertising can mess things up for me.




message 7: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Hello there Canary - no, the Fleet is not the Thames although it does run into it. It is used in a lot of fiction and played quite a rôle in the history of London:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Fleet


message 8: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Hello from Ohio, where we wouldn't know Fleet if we fell into it....would there be titles which play on the "Fleet Street" of journalist fame. Does Fleet street run over the river.
Again, I seem to recall a Dickens where there is access to the buried-underground-Fleet.
How 'bout history, did "the fleet" tie up there back in Roman times, say ?


message 9: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl This is the first I've heard of this river.


message 10: by Bettie (last edited Oct 01, 2009 12:57PM) (new)


message 11: by Hayes (new)

Hayes Would Rumpole count? seeing as he drinks Chateau Fleet Street...


message 12: by Bettie (new)

Bettie We operate on wide platform here - Chateau Fleet Street qualifies as it's the Fleet river that gives it's unique piquancy!? hahahahah


message 13: by Hayes (new)

Hayes okee dokee!


message 14: by Pippa (new)

Pippa Leonard The book Rivers of London (Midnight Riot) actually has a character that is the personification/goddess of the River Fleet.


message 15: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Pippa wrote: "The book Rivers of London (Midnight Riot) actually has a character that is the personification/goddess of the River Fleet."

I'll have to hunt that book down, thanks Pippa.


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