Medway Navigation

Medway Navigation
Legend
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-- River MedwayTidal
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0 Allington Lock
Waterway with marina/wharf on left
Allington Marina
Continuation to left Waterway under railway bridge Continuation to right
Maidstone East Line
Waterway under major road
St Peter's Bridge-A20, Maidstone
Waterway under major road
Maidstone Bridge-A20, Maidstone
Urban straight track
College Lock (removed)
Waterway with unused branch to left
River Len
Waterway under minor road
Tovil Foot Bridge
Waterway with unused branch to left
Loose Stream
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7.2 Farleigh Lock
Waterway under minor road
Farleigh Bridge
Waterway under minor road
Barming Bridge
Waterway under minor road
Teston Bridge
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10.4 Teston Lock
Waterway under minor road
Bow Bridge, Wateringbury
Waterway with unused branch to right
Wateringbury Stream
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Waterway with marina/wharf on left Urban straight track
Hampstead Marina
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15.2 Hampstead Lane Lock
Urban straight track Waterway with marina/wharf on right
Breden's Boatyard
Urban straight track Waterway with unused branch to left
River Beult
Urban straight track Waterway under minor road
Twyford Bridge, Yalding
Urban straight track Waterway with unused branch to left
River Teise
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Urban straight track Unused waterway weir with flow ahead
5.5 Automatic Sluice
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Hampstead Lane Canal
Urban straight track
Stoneham Old Lock (disused)
Continuation to left Waterway under railway bridge Continuation to right
Medway Valley Line
Waterway under major road
A228 East Peckham By-pass
Unused waterway turning from left Waterway with unused branch to right
Unused waterway under minor road Waterway under minor road
Branbridges
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18.8 Sluice Wier Lock
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Waterway with unused branch to right
River Bourne
Waterway under minor road
Stilstead Bridge
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20.8 Oak Weir Lock
Waterway under minor road
Ford Green Bridge
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22.0 East Lock
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24.0 Porters Lock
Waterway under minor road
Hartlake Bridge
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25.6 Eldridge Lock
Waterway with unused branch to left Unused waterway turning from right
Botany Stream
Waterway under minor road Unused waterway under minor road
28 Cannon Bridge
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28 Town Lock
Waterway under major road Unused waterway under major road
Big Bridge, Tonbridge A26
Waterway with unused branch to right Unused straight waterway
Hilden Brook
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Urban straight track Unknown BSicon "uWEIRr" Unused waterway turning right
Waterway turning to left Unknown BSicon "uABZlg"
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SE Main Line
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Unused straight waterway Waterway under minor road
Lucifer Foot Bridge
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Sharpe's Bridge
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31 Leigh Barrier
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A21(T)Tonbridge By-pass
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-- River MedwayUpstream

The River Medway in England flows for 70 miles (113 km) from Turners Hill, in West Sussex, through Tonbridge, Maidstone and the Medway Towns conurbation in Kent, to the River Thames at Sheerness, where it shares the latter's estuary. The Medway Navigation runs from the Leigh Barrier south of Tonbridge to Allington just north of Maidstone. It is 19 miles (31 km) in length. The Environment Agency is the navigation authority responsible for the navigation.

Contents

The route

Until 1746 the river was impassable above Maidstone. To that point each village on the river had its wharf or wharves: at Halling, Snodland, New Hythe and Aylesford. Cargoes included corn, fodder, fruit, stone and timber.

Allington Lock and Sluice, it is at this point that the river becomes tidal.

In 1746 improvements to the channel meant that barges of 40 long tons (41 t) could reach East Farleigh, Yalding and even Tonbridge. The channel was further improved to Leigh in 1828. There are eleven locks on the river. The lowest, opened in 1792, is at Allington, and is the extent of tides. The others are East Farleigh, Teston, Hampstead Lane,Stoneham Old Lock (disused), Sluice Weir Lock, Oak Wier Lock East Lock, Porter's, Eldridge's and Town Lock in Tonbridge. The locks will take craft up to 80 feet (24 m) by 18 feet (5.5 m), and vessels with a draft of 4 feet (1.2 m) can navigate the river. The shallowest point is just below Sluice Weir Lock which is prone to silting after heavy rain.[1]

See also

Moore Bridge.jpg UK Waterways portal

References

  1. ^ The Medway navigation, Leaflet,March 1991, NRA-National Rivers Authority

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