River Stort

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Stort
River
River Stort - geograph.org.uk - 258527.jpg
The Stort above Harlow, Essex
Country United Kingdom
Source New Lake
 - location Near Langley, Essex, England
 - elevation 130 m (427 ft)
 - coordinates 52°00′10″N 0°04′06″E / 52.0027°N 0.0683°E / 52.0027; 0.0683
Mouth River Lea
 - location Near Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
 - elevation 28 m (92 ft)
 - coordinates 51°45′52″N 0°00′51″E / 51.7644°N 0.0141°E / 51.7644; 0.0141Coordinates: 51°45′52″N 0°00′51″E / 51.7644°N 0.0141°E / 51.7644; 0.0141
Length 38 km (24 mi)

The River Stort is a river in Essex and Hertfordshire, England. It is 24 miles (38 km) long and flows from just south of the village of Langley to the River Lea at Hoddesdon. Unusually, the town of Bishop's Stortford does not derive its name from the River Stort, but the other way around. 16th-century cartographers Saxton & Camden named the river Stort, assuming the town of Stortford was named for its ford.[1]

The river was originally a winding shallow book called the Stour. In the 17th century map makers decided to tidy things up and rename the river on the maps as the Stort to fit with the name of its principal town. [2]

Course

From Langley, the Stort flows in a generally southerly direction through the villages of Clavering and Manuden and the market town of Bishop's Stortford.

It then flows past Sawbridgeworth, before it changes direction and flows west past Harlow and Roydon. It finally empties into the Lea at Feildes Weir, Hoddesdon. This 14-mile (22-km) long section was canalised in the 18th century as the Stort Navigation.

References

  1. ^ "River Stort – Stort Navigation". Bishop's Stortford and Thorley, A History and Guide. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Richard (July 2016). "Stort History". History of the Lee and Stort Navigations. 

External links

  • Media related to River Stort at Wikimedia Commons
  • River Stort Old Postcard images in A Guide to Old Hertfordshire
  • Stort River Partnership


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