River Trent - The Staffordshire Trent

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The river flows through Stoke leaving the city beside the A500 with a series of culverts and channels. There are no photographs for this section yet.

Stoke-on-Trent to Great Haywood


Leaving the city the river flows past Trentham Gardens. Due to effluent discharges the 5km below Stoke has the poorest water quality on the entire river.

SJ8743 : River Trent at Sideway by Steven Birks SJ8640 : River Trent - Trentham Gardens by DS Pugh SJ8739 : Trentham Estate - Bend on the River Trent by Alan Heardman SJ8737 : Floodplain of River Trent near Tittensor by Gill  Stott

It now adopts the character of a lowland river with dairy or sheep and cattle farming on the narrow floodplain surrounded by gently rolling hills. The river used to provide cooling water for Meaford Power Station (1947-1990) whose cooling towers were demolished in 1991. The next major settlement, Stone, the ancient capital of Mercia, was a market town famous for its brewers, Joules and Bents.

SJ8836 : River Trent near Meaford by Gill  Stott SJ9033 : Slalom Course, River Trent, Stone by Stephen Pearce SJ9033 : The Old Walton Bridge, Stone by Stephen Pearce

The river follows a corridor shared with the Trent and Mersey Canal and the railway. The soils between Stoke and Great Haywood are mainly gley based alluvial types overlying Triassic Sherwood Sandstone and Mercian Mudstone.

SJ9132 : River Trent upstream of Aston by Stone bridge by John M SJ9131 : River Trent downstream of  Aston by Stone bridge by John M SJ9330 : River Trent at Burston by David Emley

The farmland is mainly used for grazing with estates at Sandon and Weston.

SJ9428 : Sandon Bridge by John M SJ9428 : River Trent downstream of Sandon Bridge by John M SJ9527 : River Trent - upstream of Salt Bridge by John M SJ9527 : River Trent  Bridge by John M
SJ9627 : The River Trent, Weston by Stephen Pearce SJ9627 : River Trent, upstream by Stephen Pearce SJ9627 : Weston Bridge, Weston near Stafford by Stephen Pearce SJ9726 : Grazing Land by the River Trent, Weston, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd SJ9923 : A view of the Trent by stephen betteridge

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