River Stort

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River Stort - geograph.org.uk - 258527.jpg
The Stort above Harlow, Essex
Country United Kingdom
Region Hertfordshire
City Bishops Stortford
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 brook called the Stour. In the 17th century cartographers renamed the river as the Stort to fit with the name of its principal town. [2]

It flows through the town of Bishops Stortford and has 18 locks.


The Stort rises north of Langley according to OS Explorer map 194 (GR 425358). 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.


  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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