River Trent - The Staffordshire Trent

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Wychnor Bridges to Burton-on-Trent

Amongst the gravel pits east of the A38 bridges the river is joined by its third major tributary, the River Tame. The River Tame rises on the northern edge of Wolverhampton, flowing through the Black Country and Birmingham before turning north to meet the River Trent.

SK1915 : The River Trent by JThomas SK1915 : River Trent, Wichnor Viaduct by Roy Hughes SK2016 : River Trent by Michael Patterson SK2117 : Blue Waters by cris sloan

The first crossing point is at Walton on Trent where there is a temporary bridge.

SK2118 : Mabey Bailey bridge across Walton on Trent flood plain by pablo haworth SK2118 : Temporary bridge over River Trent by John M SK2118 : River Trent downstream of Station Road bridge by John M SK2119 : The River Trent at Tucklesholme Quarry by Jonathan Clitheroe
SK2119 : Flooded Pasturelands by Chris Eaton SK2219 : The River Trent by Jonathan Clitheroe SK2219 : Storm clouds gather over Drakelow Power Station. by Alan Slater SK2220 : Pumping Station at Drakelow by Jonathan Clitheroe

At one time in the early 1960s the three coal fired power stations at Drakelow made it the largest generating site in Europe. The last of the units closed in 1998 with the cooling towers demolished in 2006. There are plans for a gas or bio-mass plant on the site.

The river skirts to the south of Branston, famous for providing the name for 'Branston Pickle' produced in the Great War 'National Machine Gun Factory'. The river marks the boundary between Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

SK2220 : The River Trent near Branston by Jonathan Clitheroe SK2220 : Border Collies by the River Trent by Jonathan Clitheroe SK2320 : The River Trent at Toad Hole by Jonathan Clitheroe

Stapenhill is an enclave of Staffordshire linked across the Ferry Meadows by a footbridge and modern road bridge. The Meadows play host to the annual rowing regatta.

SK2521 : Looking south along the River Trent by Mat Fascione SK2521 : River Trent upstream of Ferry Bridge by John M SK2521 : River Trent upstream of Ferry Bridge by John MSK2521 : Ferry Bridge, Burton upon Trent by Ralph Rawlinson SK2521 : Ferry Bridge in Burton on Trent by Mat Fascione SK2521 : River Trent downstream of Ferry Bridge by John M

The river was divided into a series of channels with weirs to power mills in Wilden, Stapenhill and Burton.

SK2522 : River Trent in Burton upon Trent by Mat Fascione SK2522 : St. Peter's Bridge, Stapenhill by John Beresford SK2522 : Bass Water Tower, Burton on Trent by John Beresford SK2523 : Weir on the River Trent by Angella Streluk SK2523 : Burton Bridge and River Trent, Burton on Trent by John Beresford SK2523 : Meadow Road bridge over the Trent by JThomas

Burton-on-Trent with its breweries is the limit of navigation on the river. Attempts to improve the navigation were authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1699 between Burton and Castle Donnington with Lord Paget able to charge 3/ton. These were overtaken by the opening of the Trent and Mersey Canal in 1770. The river boat company ceased trading in 1805 and the river navigation company survived until 1894.

Burton-on-Trent to the Derbyshire Border

SK2523 : River Trent by David Martin SK2623 : River Trent at Burton by Chris Eaton SK2623 : The River Trent, Burton upon Trent by JThomas SK2623 : Weir on the River Trent by John M SK2624 : The weir on the River Trent by Oliver Mills
SK2624 : Burton Flour Mill, Winshill by John Beresford SK2725 : River Trent - Upstream at Newton Solney by John M SK2725 : The River Trent at Newton Solney by M J Richardson SK2726 : Mouth of the Dove (1) by Phil Myott SK2726 : Mouth of the Dove (2) by Phil Myott SK2826 : River Trent at the mouth of the River Dove by John M

North of Burton-on-Trent the river is joined by its fourth major tributary, the River Dove. The River Dove drains the 'White Peak' limestone area of Derbyshire with tributaries the Churnet, Hamps and Manifold.

For continuation downstream in Derbyshire and Leicestershire see LinkExternal link

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