River Welland :: Shared Description

The River Welland is a river in the east of England, some 65 miles long. It rises in the Hothorpe Hills, at Sibbertoft in Northamptonshire, then flows generally northeast to Market Harborough, Stamford and Spalding, to reach The Wash near Fosdyke. For much of its length it forms the county boundary between Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. It is a major waterway across the part of The Fens called South Holland, and is one of the Fenland rivers which were laid out with washlands. There are two channels between widely-spaced embankments with the intention that flood waters would have space in which to spread while the tide in the estuary prevented free egress. However, after the floods of 1947, new works such as the Coronation Channel were constructed to control flooding in Spalding and the washes are no longer used solely as pasture, but may be used for arable farming.

The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for the river, which is navigable as far upstream as Crowland, and with very shallow draught to West Deeping Bridge. The lock around the weir there is not usable. The traditional head of navigation was Wharf Road in Stamford. The management of the lower river has been intimately tied up with the drainage of Deeping Fen, and the river remains important to the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, for whom it provides the final conduit to the sea for pumped water.
It is tidal as far as Fulney Lock.
(From wikipedia)
by Julian P Guffogg
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SP9599 : Boundary arch, Wakerley Bridge (1) by Alan Murray-Rust
SK9800 : Large Red Damselfly on Stinging Nettle by Alan Murray-Rust
SK9903 : Collyweston Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
TF0306 : River Welland, Town Bridge at Stamford by David Dixon
TF0206 : Stamford Meadows from the Town Bridge by Bob Harvey
TF2727 : River Welland by J.Hannan-Briggs
TF0306 : River Welland from the Albert Bridge by Bob Harvey
TF0206 : The River Welland by Bob Harvey
SK9903 : River Welland, at Collyweston Bridge by Christopher Hilton
TF0306 : River Welland, Stamford by David Dixon
TF1309 : River Welland by Bob Harvey
TF2210 : Riverbank and slipway by Bob Harvey
TF1509 : River Welland at Deeping Gate by Alan Murray-Rust
TF1509 : Deeping Gate bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
TF2422 : River Welland, Spalding by Julian P Guffogg
TF2210 : Riverbank by Bob Harvey
TF0206 : River Welland Downstream from George Bridge by David Dixon
SP9799 : Gauging station on the River Welland near Tixover by Alan Murray-Rust
SP9799 : River Welland, Tixover by Christopher Hilton
TF0306 : The Welland, Frozen by Bob Harvey
SK9800 : Duddington Bridge and Mill by Alan Murray-Rust
SK9903 : River Welland at Collyweston Bridge by Alan Murray-Rust
TF1309 : Northern arch by Bob Harvey
TF1309 : Bridge over River Welland by Bob Harvey
TF0606 : The River Welland by J.Hannan-Briggs

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Created: Mon, 12 Mar 2012, Updated: Mon, 12 Mar 2012

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