Willey Reveley

Willey Reveley

Willey Reveley (1760– 1799) was an 18th century English architect, born at Newton Underwood near Morpeth, Northumberland. [C. W. Hind, "Reveley, Willey (1760-1799)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 (available [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/23393 online] , subscription required).]

He is probably best known for an ambitious but unfulfilled proposal in 1796 to straighten the River Thames in east London. A new channel across the Rotherhithe, Isle of Dogs and Greenwich peninsulas would reduce the length of the river, improve the flow to remove pollution, and simplify navigation. Three large horseshoe bends of the river would have been left as huge wet docks, connected to the new channel through locks.


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