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The River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
(/ˈuːz/) is a river in the United Kingdom, the longest of several British rivers called "Ouse". From Syresham
Syresham
in central England, the Great Ouse flows into East Anglia
East Anglia
before entering the Wash, a bay of the North Sea. With a course of 143 miles (230 km), mostly flowing north and east, it is the one of the longest rivers in the United Kingdom. The Great Ouse has been historically important for commercial navigation, and for draining the low-lying region through which it flows; its best-known tributary is the Cam, which runs through Cambridge. Its lower course passes through drained wetlands and fens and has been extensively modified, or channelised, to relieve flooding and provide a better route for barge traffic. Though the unmodified river probably changed course regularly after floods, it now enters the Wash after passing through the port of King's Lynn, south of its earliest-recorded route to the sea.

Contents

1 Name 2 Course 3 History

3.1 Port of King's Lynn 3.2 The Railway Age 3.3 The Leisure Age

4 Connections 5 Wildlife 6 Tributaries 7 Water sports 8 See also 9 Bibliography

9.1 References

10 External links

Name[edit] The name Ouse is from the Celtic or pre-Celtic *Udso-s,[2] and probably means simply "water" or slow flowing river.[3] The lower reaches of the Great Ouse are also known as "Old West River" and "the Ely Ouse", but all the river is often referred to simply as the Ouse in informal usage (the word "Great", which originally meant simply big, or in the case of a river long, is used to distinguish this river from several others called the Ouse). Course[edit] The river has several sources close to the village of Syresham
Syresham
in Northamptonshire. It flows through Brackley
Brackley
and into Buckinghamshire, through Buckingham, Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
at Stony Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Olney and Kempston
Kempston
in Bedfordshire, which is the current head of navigation.

The Great Ouse at Huntingdon

Passing through Bedford, in to Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
through St Neots, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
and St Ives, it reaches Earith. Here, the river enters a short tidal section before branching in two. The artificial, very straight Old Bedford River
Old Bedford River
and New Bedford
Bedford
River, which remain tidal, provide a direct link north-east towards the lower river at Denver in Norfolk. The old course of the river passes through Hermitage Lock into the Old West River. After joining the Cam near Little Thetford, north of Cambridge, the course passes the cathedral city of Ely and Littleport, to reach the Denver sluice. Below Denver the river is tidal and passes Downham Market
Downham Market
to enter The Wash
The Wash
at King's Lynn.

The confluence of the Great Ouse with the Cam, on the left

The river is navigable from the Wash to Kempston
Kempston
Mill, just beyond Bedford, a distance of 72 miles (116 km). This section includes 17 locks which are maintained by the Environment Agency, which is the navigation authority[4] and who attempt to attract more boaters to the river. It has a catchment area of 3,240 square miles (8,380 km2)[5] and a mean flow of 15.7 m3/s (550 cu ft/s) as measured at Denver Sluice. Its course has been modified several times, with the first recorded being in 1236, as a result of flooding. During the 1600s, the Old Bedford
Bedford
and New Bedford
Bedford
Rivers were built to provide a quicker route for the water to reach the sea. In the 20th century, construction of the Cut-Off Channel and the Great Ouse Relief Channel have further altered water flows in the region, and helped to reduce flooding. Improvements to assist navigation began in 1618, with the construction of sluices and locks. Bedford
Bedford
could be reached by river from 1689. A major feature was the sluice at Denver, which failed in 1713, but was rebuilt by 1750 after the problem of flooding returned. Kings Lynn, at the mouth of the river, developed as a port, with civil engineering input from many of the great engineers of the time. With the coming of the railways the state of the river declined so that it was unsuitable either for navigation or for drainage. The navigation was declared to be derelict in the 1870s. A repeated problem was the number of authorities responsible for different aspects of the river. The Drainage Board created in 1918 had no powers to address navigation issues, and there were six bodies responsible for the river below Denver in 1913. When the Great Ouse Catchment Board was created under the powers of the Land Drainage Act in 1930, effective action could at last be taken. There was significant sugar beet traffic on the river between 1925 and 1959, with the last known commercial traffic occurring in 1974. Leisure boating had been popular since 1904, and the post-war period saw the creation of the Great Ouse Restoration Society in 1951, who campaigned for complete renovation of the river. It was re-opened to Bedford
Bedford
in 1978, and is now managed by the Environment Agency. The Ouse Washes
Ouse Washes
are an internationally important area for wildlife. Sandwiched between the Old Bedford
Bedford
and New Bedford
Bedford
rivers, they consist of washland which is used as pasture during the summer but which floods in the winter, and are the largest area of such land in the United Kingdom. They act as breeding grounds for lapwings, redshanks and snipe in spring, and are home to varieties of ducks and swans during the winter months.[6] History[edit]

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River Great Ouse

Legend

The Wash

River Babingley

Gaywood River

River Nar
River Nar
sluice

A47 Kings Lynn

River Nar

Relief Channel sluice

Middle Level Navigations
Middle Level Navigations
main drain

A1122 Downham Market

Salters Lode Lock

Old Bedford
Bedford
Sluice

A G Wright Sluice

Denver Sluice
Sluice
(lock)

Relief Channel Lock

River Great Ouse

Cut off channel

Old Bedford
Bedford
River

New Bedford
Bedford
River

River Wissey

Rly bridge

River Little Ouse

A10 Littleport Bridge

River Lark

Welches Dam lock

Mepal pumping station

B1382 Adelaide Road bridge

March to Ely Rly bridge

Ely to Norwich Rly bridge

A142 Ely High Bridge

Newmarket Rail bridge

Soham Lode

River Cam

Ely to Cambridge
Cambridge
Rly bridge

A1123 Road Bridge

A10 Road bridges (2)

Cottenham Lode

Hermitage Lock

A1123 Road Bridge

Westview Marina, Earith

Brownshill Staunch

St Ives Lock

A1096 St Ives bypass

Holt Island

Hemingford Lock

Houghton Lock

A14 Road bridge

Godmanchester
Godmanchester
Lock

Peterborough to London Rly

Brampton Lock

Offord Lock

St Neots
St Neots
Lock

River Kym

Eaton Socon
Eaton Socon
Lock

A428 Road bridge

A1 Tempsford Bridges

River Ivel

Roxton Lock

Gt Barford Lock

Site of Old Lock

Willington Lock

A421 Road bridge

Castle Mill Lock

Cardington Lock

A5140 Road bridge

Bedford
Bedford
Lock

A6 Road bridge

Bedford
Bedford
Railway bridges (2)

A6 Road bridge, Bedford

Site of Kempston
Kempston
Mill

(Limit of navigation)

to source

The river has been important both for drainage and for navigation for centuries, and these dual roles have not always been complementary. The course of the river has changed significantly. In prehistory, it flowed from Huntingdon
Huntingdon
straight to Wisbech and then into the sea. In several sequences, the lower reaches of the river silted, and in times of inland flood, the waters would breach neighbouring watersheds and new courses would develop – generally in a progressively eastwards fashion. In the Dark Ages, it turned to the west at Littleport, between its present junctions with the River Little Ouse
River Little Ouse
and the River Lark, and made its way via Welney, Upwell and Outwell, to flow into The Wash
The Wash
near Wisbech. At that time it was known as the Wellstream or Old Wellenhee, and parts of that course are marked by the Old Croft River and the border between Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
and Norfolk. After major inland flood events in the early 13th century[7] it breached another watershed near Denver and took over the channel of the old Wiggenhall Eau, and so achieved a new exit and so joined the Wash at Kings Lynn. Parts of the old course were later used for the River Lark, which flows in the reverse direction along the section below Prickwillow, after the main river was moved further to the west.[8] The original northern course began to silt up, depriving Wisbech of a reliable outlet to the sea, and was kept navigable by diverting the River Nene east to flow into it in the 1470s. An Act of Parliament
Act of Parliament
was passed in 1600 which allowed Adventurers, who paid for drainage schemes with their own money, to be repaid in land which they had drained. The Act covered large tracts of England, but no improvements were made to the region through which the Great Ouse flowed until 1618, Arnold Spencer and Thomas Girton started to improve the river between St Ives and St Neots. Six sluices were constructed, and Spencer attempted to obtain permission to improve the river to Bedford, but the Act was defeated, despite support from Bedford Corporation. Some dredging was done, and Great Barford
Great Barford
became an inland port, but he lost a lot of money on the scheme, and the condition of the river worsened.[9] Below Earith, thirteen Adventurers working with the Earl of Bedford formed a Corporation to drain the Bedford
Bedford
Levels. Cornelius Vermuyden was the engineer, and a major part of the scheme was the Old Bedford River, a straight cut to carry water from Earith
Earith
to a new sluice near Salters Lode, which was completed in 1637. The sluice was not popular with those who used the river for navigation, and there were some attempts to destroy the new works during the turmoil of the civil war. A second drainage Act was obtained in 1649, and Vermuyden oversaw the construction of the New Bedford
Bedford
River, parallel to the Old Bedford River, which was completed in 1652. There was strong opposition from the ports and towns on the river, which increased as the old channel via Ely gradually silted up. Above Earith, Samuel Jemmatt took control of the river, and navigation was extended to Bedford
Bedford
in 1689 by the construction of new staunches and sluices.[10] Between St Ives and Bedford, there were ten sluices, which were pound locks constructed at locations where mill weirs would have prevented navigation. There were also five staunches, which were flash locks constructed near to fords and shallows. Operation of the beam and paddle provided an extra volume of water to carry the boats over such obstructions. On the lower river, a combination of high spring tides and large volumes of floodwater resulted in the complete failure of Denver sluice in 1713. While there were celebrations among the navigators, the problem of flooding returned, and the channel below Denver deteriorated. Charles Labelye therefore designed a new sluice for the Bedford
Bedford
Level Corporation, which was constructed between 1748 and 1750 and included a navigation lock.[10] No tolls were charged on the river below St Ives or on the New Bedford, and those responsible for drainage complained about damage to the sluices and to banks by the horses used for towing boats. An Act of Parliament
Act of Parliament
to regulate the situation was defeated in 1777 after fierce opposition, and it was not until 1789 that a Haling Act was passed, which ensured that tolls were charged and landowners were repaid for damage to the banks caused by horses. These measures were a success, as there were few complaints once the new system was in place.[11] Port of King's Lynn[edit] After the river had been diverted to King's Lynn, the town developed as a port. Evidence for this can still be seen, as two warehouses built in the 15th century for trade with the Hanseatic League
Hanseatic League
have survived. However, the harbour and the river below Denver sluice were affected by silting, and the problem was perceived to be the effects of the sluice. Sand from The Wash
The Wash
was deposited by the incoming tide, and the outgoing tide did not carry it away again. Colonel John Armstrong was asked to survey the river in 1724, and suggested returning it to how it was prior to the construction of the drainage works. John Smeaton
John Smeaton
rejected this idea in 1766, suggesting that the banks should be moved inwards to create a narrower, faster-flowing channel. William Elstobb and others had suggested that the great bend in the river above King's Lynn
King's Lynn
should be removed by creating a cut, but it took 50 years of arguing before the Eau Brink Act was obtained in 1795 to authorise it, and another 26 years until the cut was finally opened in 1821. During this time, most of the major civil engineers of the time had contributed their opinions.[12] The original project head and chief engineer was Sir Thomas Hyde Page. The work was overseen by John Rennie and Thomas Telford
Thomas Telford
and construction took four years. It proved to be too narrow, resulting in further silting of the harbour, and was widened at an additional cost of £33,000 on Telford's advice. The total cost for the 2 1⁄2-mile (4.0 km) cut was nearly £500,000, and although the navigators, who had opposed the scheme, benefitted most from it, there were new problems for drainage, with the surrounding land levels dropping as the peaty soil dried out. The Eau Brink Act created Drainage Commissioners and Navigation Commissioners, who had powers over the river to St Ives, but both bodies were subject to the Bedford Levels Corporation. Although often in opposition, the two parties worked together on the construction of a new lock and staunch at Brownshill, to improve navigation above Earith.[12] In 1835, King William IV brought a case against the Ouse Bank Commissioners regarding a mandamus writ issued in 1834 about the Eau Brink Cut and possible damages it caused to the King's Lynn harbour.[13] The Railway Age[edit] Denver sluice was reconstructed in 1834, after the Eau Brink Cut had been completed. Sir John Rennie designed the new structure, which incorporated a tidal lock with four sets of gates, enabling it to be used at most states of the tide. Sir Thomas Cullam, who had inherited a part share of the upper river, invested large amounts of his own money in rebuilding the locks, sluices and staunches in the 1830s and 1840s. The South Level Drainage and Navigation Act of 1827 created Commissioners who dredged the river from Hermitage Lock to Littleport bridge, and also dredged several of its tributaries. They constructed a new cut near Ely to bypass a long meander near Padnall Fen
Fen
and Burnt Fen, but although the works cost £70,000, they were too late to return the navigation to prosperity. Railways arrived in the area rapidly after 1845, reaching Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, King's Lynn, St Ives, St Neots
St Neots
and Tempsford by 1850. The river below King's Lynn was improved by the construction of the 2-mile (3.2 km) Marsh Cut and the building of training walls beyond that to constrain the channel, but the railways were welcomed by the Bedford
Bedford
Levels Corporation, for whom navigation interfered with drainage, and by King's Lynn
King's Lynn
Corporation, who did not want to be superseded by other towns with railway interchange facilities.[14] A large interchange dock was built at Ely, to facilitate the distribution of agricultural produce from the local region to wider markets. In addition, coal for several isolated pumping stations was transferred to boats for the final part of the journey, rather than it coming all the way from King's Lynn. Decline on most of the river was rapid, with tolls halving between 1855 and 1862. Flooding in 1875 was blamed on the poor state of the navigation, and it was recommended that it should be abandoned, but there was no funds to obtain an Act of Parliament to create a Drainage Authority. The navigation was declared to be derelict by three County Councils soon afterwards. It was then bought by the Ouse River Canal and Steam Navigation Ltd, who wanted to link Bedford
Bedford
to the Grand Junction Canal, but they failed to obtain their Act of Parliament. A stockbroker called L. T. Simpson bought it in 1893, and spent some £21,000 over the next four years in restoring it. He created the Ouse Transport Company, running a fleet of tugs and lighters, and then attempted to get approval for new tolls, but was opposed by Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
and Huntingdonshire County Councils. Protracted legal battles followed, with Simpson nailing the lock gates together, and the County Councils declaring that the river was a public highway. The 'Godmanchester' case eventually reached the House of Lords
House of Lords
in 1904, who allowed Simpson to close the locks.[15] The Leisure Age[edit]

The Great Ouse at King's Lynn

Simpson's victory in 1904 coincided with an increased use of the river for leisure. As he could not charge these boats for use of the locks, the situation was resolved for a time in 1906 by the formation of the River Ouse Locks Committee, who rented the locks between Great Barford and Bedford. Over 2000 boats were recorded using Bedford
Bedford
Lock in a three-month period soon afterwards. Despite pressure from local authorities and navigation companies, the upper river was closed for trade, and a Royal Commission reported in 1909 on the poor state of the lower river, the lack of any consistent authority to manage it, and the unusual practice of towing horses having to jump over fences because there were no gates where they crossed the towing path. The Ouse Drainage Board was formed in 1918, but had no powers to deal with navigation issues, and it was not until the powers of the Land Drainage Act (1930) were used to create the Great Ouse Catchment Board that effective action could be taken.[16] The Catchment Board bought the navigation rights from Simpson's estate, and began to dredge the river and rebuild the locks. There was an upturn in commercial traffic from 1925, when the sugar beet factory at Queen Adelaide near Ely was opened. They operated six or seven tugs and a fleet of over 100 barges, and three tugs and 24 barges from the Wissington sugar beet factory on the River Wissey
River Wissey
also operated on the river. Local commercial traffic continued around Ely until after the Second World War. The sugar beet traffic ceased in 1959, and the last commercial boat on the upper river was "Shellfen", a Dutch barge converted to carry 4,000 imperial gallons (18,000 litres) of diesel fuel, which supplied the remote pumping stations until 1974, when the last ones were converted to electricity.[17] Below Denver, the situation was complicated by the fact that there were six bodies with responsibility for the river in 1913. No dredging took place, as there was no overall authority. The training walls were repaired in 1930 by the King's Lynn
King's Lynn
Conservancy Board, and the Great Ouse Catchment Board reconstructed and extended them in 1937. After major flooding in 1937 and 1947, and the North Sea
North Sea
flood of 1953, flood control issues became more important, and the Cut-Off Channel was completed in 1964, to carry the headwaters of the River Wissey, River Lark
River Lark
and River Little Ouse
River Little Ouse
to join the river near Denver sluice.[18] The Great Ouse Relief Channel, which runs parallel to the main river for 10 1⁄2 miles (16.9 km) from here to Wiggenhall bridge, was constructed at the same time. It joins the river at a sluice above King's Lynn, and was made navigable in 2001, when the Environment Agency
Environment Agency
constructed a lock at Denver to provide access.[19] The reconstruction by the Catchment Board had reopened the locks to Godmanchester
Godmanchester
and then to Eaton Socon
Eaton Socon
by the onset of the Second World War. To continue the progress, the Great Ouse Restoration Society was formed in 1951, and successfully campaigned for and assisted with the restoration.[20] The Restoration Society campaign included the establishment of the Bedford
Bedford
to St. Neots Canoe
Canoe
Race in 1952 which helped publicise the case for navigational restoration. The race continues to this day as the Bedford
Bedford
Kayak
Kayak
Marathon, and is the longest established canoe race in the UK. In 1961 organisers of the ' Bedford
Bedford
Race' agreed to formalise canoeing activities and founded Bedford's Viking Kayak
Kayak
Club. Since 1996, the river has been the responsibility of the Environment Agency, who issue navigation licences.[21] The upper river was fully reopened to Bedford
Bedford
with the rebuilding of Castle Mills lock in 1978.[20] Connections[edit]

The Great Ouse at St Neots

The non-tidal reaches of the river are used for leisure boating, but remain largely separated from the rest of the British inland waterway system. Several of its tributaries are navigable, including the River Cam, the River Lark, the River Little Ouse
River Little Ouse
and the River Wissey. Close to Denver sluice, Salters Lode lock gives access to the Middle Level Navigations,[22] but the intervening section is tidal, and deters many boaters. Access to the Middle Level Navigations
Middle Level Navigations
is also possible via the Old Bedford River
Old Bedford River
and Welches Dam lock, but this route is only open for a few weekends each year, and was heavily silted in 2009.[23] The proposed Fens Waterways Link, which aims to improve navigation from Lincoln to Cambridge
Cambridge
may result in this section being upgraded, or a non-tidal link being created at Denver.[24] There are two more proposed schemes to improve connections from the river to the Midlands waterway network (in addition to the Gt Ouse – Nene link via the Middle Level).

The first is for a Bedford
Bedford
and Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
waterway, to connect the river to the Grand Union Canal. This idea was first proposed in 1812, when John Rennie the Elder
John Rennie the Elder
costed a 15-mile (24 km) junction canal from Fenny Stratford
Fenny Stratford
to Bedford. His estimate of £180,807 scared investors, and no progress was made.[14] In 1838, there was another (failed) proposal to extend the Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
Canal.[25] The idea was revived once more in the 1880s, when the Ouse River Canal and Steam Navigation Ltd bought the river with the aim of creating the link. An enabling Act of Parliament
Act of Parliament
was defeated, although Major Marindin, acting for the Board of Trade, was optimistic about the likely benefits.[14] The modern version of the proposal is in progress since 1994, by the Bedford
Bedford
and Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Waterway Trust, who have formed a partnership with 25 bodies, including local councils, British Waterways (and its successor, the Canal & River Trust) and various government agencies. A feasibility study was carried out in 2001, which looked at nine possible routes; by 2006, the cost of the preferred route was between £100 and £200 million.[25] The second scheme is for an extension of the Great Ouse Relief Channel to link it to the River Nar, and provide a non-tidal link to King's Lynn. The project would include a large marina, and would be part of a much larger regeneration project for the south side of the town.[24] Two locks would be required to raise boats from the Relief Channel to the River Nar.[26]

Wildlife[edit]

A seal at Wiggenhall St. Peter, Norfolk

As the water quality has improved, otters have returned to the river in numbers such that fishing lakes now require fencing to protect stocks. Paxton Pits nature reserve near St Neots
St Neots
has hides from which otters are regularly seen. Coarse fishing is still popular, with a wide range of fish in the river, but it is many years since large sturgeon were caught. Seals have been recorded as far upstream as Bedford.[27][28][29] Huntingdonshire seems to be the most popular area for breeding animals in recent years.[citation needed] Tributaries[edit]

The Great Ouse near Little Paxton.

Tributaries of the River Great Ouse: (upstream [source] to downstream by confluence)

Padbury
Padbury
Brook (The Twins)

Two streams that join to form one watercourse just south of Padbury
Padbury
in Buckinghamshire: the eastern twin starts near Addington and the Claydons and flows 5 miles (8 km) northwest to join the western twin, which starts near Somerton in Oxfordshire. From here it flows due East, through Fewcott, Stoke Lyne, Fringford
Fringford
and Twyford, before joining its twin and flowing 5 miles (8 km) north to join the Great Ouse east of Buckingham.[30]

River Leck River Tove River Ouzel
River Ouzel
(or Lovat) River Ivel River Kym River Cam Soham Lode River Lark River Little Ouse River Wissey Old Bedford
Bedford
River New Bedford River
New Bedford River
(also known as Hundred Foot Drain) River Nar Gaywood River Babingley River

Water sports[edit] In 1944 the annual boat race between the Oxford and Cambridge universities took place on this river, between Littleport and Queen Adelaide, the only time that it has not been held on the Thames; it was won by Oxford.[31] The Great Ouse is used by three clubs from Cambridge
Cambridge
University for the training of rowers, with the Boat Club (CUBC), [32] the Women's Boat Club (CUWBC) [33] and the Lightweight Rowing Club (CULRC), all using facilities at Ely. Rowing is popular in several of the towns on the Ouse, especially Bedford, which is one of the most active rowing centres in the UK. The Great Ouse is a very popular river for canoeing and kayaking, particularly around Bedford
Bedford
which is a regional centre for the sport. Canoe
Canoe
Trail offers people the chance to enjoy the river in Canoe, Kayaks or even Stand Up Paddleboards. Viking Kayak
Kayak
Club organise the Bedford
Bedford
Kayak
Kayak
Marathon with canoe racing held along the Embankment on Bedford's riverside and dates back to the original Bedford
Bedford
to St Neots race in 1952, believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

Reconstruction of a first-century currach on the Great Ouse.

Bedford
Bedford
also benefits from the presence of weirs and sluices, creating white water opportunities. Viking organise national ranking Canoe Slalom events at the Cardington Artificial Slalom Course
Cardington Artificial Slalom Course
(CASC), which was the first artificial whitewater course in the UK, opened in 1982 adjacent to Cardington Lock, in a partnership with the Environment Agency who use it as a flood relief channel. CASC is also the venue each year for the UK's National Inter Clubs Slalom Finals, the largest canoe slalom event by participation in the UK. Since 1978, the Bedford
Bedford
River Festival has been held every two years, to celebrate the link between Bedford
Bedford
and the coast.[34] In addition to craft often seen on the river, the 2008 festival featured a reconstruction of a 1st-century currach, consisting of a wicker framework covered in cow hide, and capable of carrying ten people. See also[edit]

UK Waterways portal

Bedford
Bedford
& Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Waterway Trust Bedford
Bedford
Rowing Club The Boat Race Cardington Artificial Slalom Course The Ouse Valley Way
Ouse Valley Way
(Long distance footpath along the Ouse) Rivers of the United Kingdom RSPB Ouse Washes
Ouse Washes
( Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
reserve) WWT Welney
WWT Welney
(Wildfowl and Wetlands
Wetlands
Trust reserve) Viking Kayak
Kayak
Club

Bibliography[edit]

Adolphus, John Leycester; Ellis, Thomas Flower (1837). Reports of cases argued and determined in the Court of King's Bench, (Volume 3, Cases from 1835, Great Britain. Court of King's Bench). London: Saunders and Benning.  Blair, Andrew Hunter (2006). The River Great Ouse
River Great Ouse
and tributaries. Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson. ISBN 978-0-85288-943-5.  Boyes, John; Russell, Ronald (1977). The Canals of Eastern England. David and Charles. ISBN 978-0-7153-7415-3.  Cumberlidge, Jane (2009). Inland Waterways of Great Britain, 8th Ed. Imray Laurie Norie and Wilson. ISBN 978-1-84623-010-3.  Owen, Sue; et al. (2005). Rivers and the British Landscape. Carnegie Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85936-120-7. 

References[edit]

^ Ely Ouse at Denver Complex gauging station. ^ Pokorny, Julius. Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. entry 9.  ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852758-6.  ^ Blair 2006, p. 7 ^ Nedwell, D.B.; Trimmer, M.T. (1996). "Nitrogen fluxes through the upper estuary of the Great Ouse, England: the role of the bottom sediments" (PDF). Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter Research Science. 142: 273–286. doi:10.3354/meps142273.  ^ "The RSPB: Ouse Washes". The RSPB.  ^ Register of Crabhouse Nunnery, British Library MS, and others ^ Blair 2006, p. 14 ^ Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 134–137 ^ a b Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 137–141 ^ Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 143–144 ^ a b Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 144–146 ^ Adolphus & Ellis 1837, pp. 544–550 ^ a b c Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 146–149 ^ Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 149–151 ^ Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 151–153 ^ Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 153–154 ^ Boyes & Russell 1977, pp. 154–156 ^ Jim Shead's Canal pages. "Great Ouse Relief Channel".  ^ a b Cumberlidge 2009, p. 232 ^ Cumberlidge 2009, p. 233 ^ Cumberlidge 2009, pp. 228–229 ^ Cumberlidge 2009, p. 235 ^ a b Cumberlidge 2009, pp. 7–8 ^ a b Cumberlidge 2009, pp. 5–6 ^ Inland Waterways Association: Kings Lynn
Kings Lynn
to the Great Ouse Flood Relief Channel Link, accessed 10 October 2009 ^ "SLIDESHOW: Seal in the River Great Ouse". Bedford
Bedford
Times & Citizen. Retrieved 11 October 2015.  ^ "Surprise guest puts seal on festival's pearl". Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire
On Sunday. Retrieved 11 October 2015.  ^ "Sunbathing seals make long trip inland from the Wash". BBC Cambridgeshire. Retrieved 11 October 2015.  ^ "Get-a-map online". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 26 March 2013.  ^ "Celebrate the 1944 University Boat Race!". BBC. February 2004.  ^ "CUBC: Facilities". Retrieved 22 October 2010.  ^ "CUWBC: Facilities". Retrieved 22 October 2010.  ^ "Visit Shefford, Bedford
Bedford
Embankment". Retrieved 1 November 2010. 

External links[edit] Media related to Great Ouse at Wikimedia Commons

Useful information on the river from Jim Shead Drainage and Rivers of Fens The Ouse Washes
Ouse Washes
Website Seal, Bluntisham

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River Great Ouse, England

Counties

Northamptonshire Buckinghamshire Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire Norfolk

Flows into

The Wash

Towns (upstream to downstream)

Brackley Buckingham Old Stratford Milton Keynes

Stony Stratford Wolverton New Bradwell

Newport Pagnell Olney Kempston Bedford St Neots Godmanchester Huntingdon St Ives Ely Littleport Downham Market King's Lynn

Major tributaries (upstream to downstream by confluence)

River Tove River Ouzel
River Ouzel
(or Lovat) River Ivel River Kym Old Bedford
Bedford
River New Bedford
Bedford
River River Cam River Lark River Little Ouse River Wissey

Major bridges (upstream to downstream)

Harrold bridge A428 Turvey bridge A428 Bromham bypass A6 Bedford
Bedford
Town Bridge A421 Bedford
Bedford
bypass Great Barford
Great Barford
Bridge A428 Bridge St Neots St Neots
St Neots
Town Bridge Godmanchester
Godmanchester
Chinese Bridge A14 bridge, River Great Ouse Huntingdon
Huntingdon
Old Bridge St Ives Bridge

Longest UK rivers

Severn Thames Trent Great Ouse Wye Ure/Ouse Tay Spey Clyde Tweed Avon Nene Eden Dee

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Rivers and watercourses of Buckinghamshire

Non-tributaries

Great Ouse Thames

Tributaries

Chess Gade Lyde Misbourne Ouzel Ray Thame Tove Wye

Passing Denham/Iver

Colne Colne Brook
Colne Brook
(distributary of Colne) Frays (man-made) Wraysbury (distributary of Colne)

Man-made

Jubilee

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Transport in Buckinghamshire

Road

Motorways

M1 M4 M25 M40

A-roads

A4 A40 A41 A404 A412 A413 A418 A421 A422 A428 A4010 A4012 A4146 A4155 A5 A508 A509 A5130

Roman roads

Akeman Street Watling Street

Notable junctions

Handy Cross roundabout Denham Roundabout Magic Roundabout (High Wycombe)

Motorway service stations

Beaconsfield Newport Pagnell

Rail

Main lines

West Coast Main Line Chiltern Main Line Great Western main line

Other lines

Marston Vale line London–Aylesbury line Metropolitan line Aylesbury–Princes Risborough line Marlow branch line

Closed lines

Varsity Line Great Central Main Line Banbury to Verney Junction branch line Brill Tramway Wycombe Railway Watlington and Princes Risborough Railway Cheddington to Aylesbury Line Aylesbury and Buckingham
Buckingham
Railway Wolverton– Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
line Bedford–Northampton line

Other

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway East West Rail Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
Railway Centre Seer Green rail crash

Air

Denham Aerodrome Turweston Aerodrome Silverstone Heliport Wycombe Air Park

Waterways

Rivers

River Thames River Great Ouse

Canals

Bedford
Bedford
& Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Waterway (planned) Grand Union Canal

Slough Arm Wendover Arm Aylesbury Arm

Footpaths

National Trails

Thames Path The Ridgeway

Long-distance footpaths

Icknield Way
Icknield Way
(path) Chiltern Way Greater Ridgeway Midshires Way Ouse Valley Way Shakespeare's Way Swan's Way

Cycle paths

Route 4 Route 6 Route 51

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Transport in Milton Keynes

Road

Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
grid road system A421 A422 A4146 A5 A509 A5130 H6 Childs Way H10 Bletcham Way V6 Grafton Street V8 Marlborough Street

Rail

Bletchley railway station Bletchley TMD Bow Brickhill railway station East West Rail Fenny Stratford
Fenny Stratford
railway station Marston Vale line Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Central railway station Varsity Line West Coast Main Line Woburn Sands railway station Wolverton
Wolverton
railway station Wolverton– Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
line

Bus

Buses in Milton Keynes Arriva Shires & Essex Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Coachway MK Metro Stagecoach in Northants United Counties Omnibus

Water

Bedford
Bedford
& Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Waterway (under construction) Cosgrove aqueduct Grand Union Canal

Other transport

Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
redway system Watling Street Wolverton
Wolverton
and Stony Stratford
Stony Stratford
Tramway

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Rivers and watercourses of Norfolk

Ainse (or Eyn) Ant Babingley Beeston Beck Bure Burn Chet Cong Gadder Gaywood River Glaven Great Ouse Gur Beck Hagon Beck Heacham Hor Hun Ingol Little Ouse Mun Nar Nene North Walsham & Dilham Canal Panford Beck Penny Spot Beck Scarrow Beck Spring Beck Stiffkey Tas Tat The Mermaid Thet Thurne Tiffey Tud Waveney Wensum Wisbech Canal Wissey Yare

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Rivers and watercourses of Northamptonshire

River Avon River Cherwell River Great Ouse Harpers Brook River Ise River Jordan River Nene Rains Brook River Tove River Welland Willow B

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