River Ravensbourne

tributary of the River Thames in south London, England

The Ravensbourne is one of many rivers which flow into the Thames. Its catchment area is SouthEast of the Thames.

Deptford Creek
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The river in Bromley
London boroughsLondon Borough of Bromley, London Borough of Lewisham, Royal Borough of Greenwich
TownsBromley, Lewisham, Deptford
Physical characteristics
MouthRiver Thames
 - locationDeptford
Length17.4 km (10.8 mi)
Basin size180 km2 (69 sq mi)
 - locationCatford Hill
 - average0.43 m3/s (15 cu ft/s)
 - minimum0.09 m3/s (3.2 cu ft/s)23 May 1992
 - maximum28.4 m3/s (1,000 cu ft/s)9 June 1992
 - locationBromley
 - average0.05 m3/s (1.8 cu ft/s)
Basin features
 - leftRavensbourne South Branch, Ravensbourne East Branch, Spring Brook, River Pool, River Quaggy

The Ravensbourne source rises in Keston, four miles south of Bromley town centre. The river collects various sub-tributaries, such as the River Quaggy. It empties into the Thames at Deptford.[1]

These river names are quite ancient. The Ravensbourne, for example, is noted in the Domesday Book.

In the centre of London the rivers are hidden under the "made" road surfaces (under Fleet Street, for example). In the suburbs the tributaries can usually be seen. The tributaries influenced the positioning of roadways and housing during the 19th century.[2]

Of course, before the 19th century London was a much smaller city. Most of the tributaries to the Ravensbourne ran through country districts then.


  1. "River Ravensbourne". Ravensbourne Valley Residents.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "River Ravensbourne". London's Lost Rivers - Book and Walking Tours by Paul Talling. Retrieved 25 November 2021.