TQ8427 : Dredging The Rother

taken 7 years ago, near to Newenden, Kent, Great Britain

Dredging The Rother
Dredging The Rother
Slow flowing lowland rivers are very prone to excessive weed growth which has to be controlled to maintain their land drainage capabilities.
The Rother is a very old navigation. The Romans used it and 14th century records survive of its use for bringing stone for building Bodiam Castle. Iron from the Weald ironworks was one of the downstream cargoes.
Bodiam became the practical head of navigation for craft of any size, which during the 18th and 19th centuries was mainly Rye sailing barges. These measured 45 x 12 feet, had a draft of 2ft 9 inches and could carry around 20 tons.
Boating LinkExternal link is still possible along a lot of the old navigation, subject to water levels and, of course, weed growth. See TQ8629 : Newmill Channel to see what can happen.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 24 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8476 2733 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:0.9398N 0:37.9606E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8477 2724
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