Acton Trussell is a village in the English county of Staffordshire. It is known as Actone in the Domesday Book. Located around 4 miles southeast of Stafford, it is an affluent village, with many large homes but few local amenities. Residents in this village have excellent views of Staffordshire farmland and Stafford Castle in the distance, its close proximity to the M6 motorway makes it a convenient location for commuters. The majority of commuting from the village takes place to the areas of southern Staffordshire, eastern Shropshire and the West Midlands conurbation; the village church dedicated to St James was built in 1212. It was enlarged and rebuilt in 1869 under the direction of G E Street, the architect being Andrew Capper; the main additions were a combined organ chamber on the north side and a new south porch. The church was re-opened after restoration in 1870 having been closed for 44 years; the village has one large pub and hotel'The Moat House' not to be confused with'The Moat House Group'.
The Moat House in Acton Trussell is owned independently by the Lewis family. The pub section of the hotel was the original farm house built on the property; the name, if not the location, of Acton Trussell was borrowed by Staffordshire-born entertainer Patrick Fyffe in creating the fictional village Stackton Tressel, home of eccentric spinster musicians Hinge and Bracket. In May 1985 the semi hexagonal wing of a Roman villa was discovered in the Churchyard; the wing of a Roman villa was discovered in 1985 outside the east boundary of the churchyard, excavations have been ongoing since carried out by Penk Valley Archaeological Group. The work has shown that occupation of the site dates back to at least the Neolithic period, with finds from the Bronze-Age and Iron-Age proving continuing occupation up to and including the Romano-British period; the wing is a 2nd-century addition to a rectangular building in the churchyard, by the 4th century further additions had been made, the now old 2nd-century villa, including the wing, was rebuilt.
There are extensive ditched enclosures of the 1st and late 2nd centuries, replaced with a walled enclosure in the 4th century when the villa was extended. The size of the final build stretches from the wing, just outside the east boundary, westward to the tower, is at least 43 metres, this was proved by a watching brief carried out in 2010 during pipework installation for toilet and tea making facilities in the church. Media related to Acton Trussell at Wikimedia Commons Pictures of the church Acton in the Domesday Book
Newcastle-under-Lyme, is a market town in Staffordshire, England. It had a population of 128,264 in 2016, up from 123,800 in the 2011 Census; the "Newcastle" part of the name derives from being the location of a new castle in the 12th century. The "Lyme" section could refer to the Lyme Brook or the extensive Forest of Lyme that covered the area with lime trees in the Middle Ages. Newcastle is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, as it grew up around the 12th-century castle, but it must have become a place of importance, because a charter, known only through a reference in another charter to Preston, was given to the town by Henry II in 1173; the new castle was built to supersede an older fortress at Chesterton about 2 miles to the north, the ruins of which were visible up to the end of the 16th century. In 1235 Henry III constituted granting a guild merchant and other privileges. In 1251 he leased it under a fee farm grant to the burgesses. In 1265 Newcastle was granted by the Crown to Simon de Montfort, subsequently to Edmund Crouchback, through whom it passed to Henry IV.
In John Leland's time the castle had disappeared "save one great Toure". Newcastle did not feature much in the English Civil War, except for a Royalist plundering. However, it was the home town of Major General Thomas Harrison, a Cromwellian army officer and leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men; the governing charter in 1835, which created the Newcastle-under-Lyme Municipal Borough, absorbed the previous borough created through the charters of 1590 and 1664, under which the title of the corporation, was the "mayor and burgesses of Newcastle-under-Lyme". Newcastle sent two members to Parliament from 1355 to 1885; when Stoke-on-Trent was formed by the 1910 amalgamation of the "six towns", Newcastle remained separate. Despite its close proximity, it was not directly involved in the pottery industry, it opposed attempts to join the amalgamation in 1930, with a postcard poll showing residents opposing the Stoke-on-Trent Extension Bill by a majority of 97.4%. Although passed by the House of Commons, the Bill was rejected by the House of Lords.
Following the Local Government Act 1972, it became the principal settlement of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Like neighbouring Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle's early economy was based around the hatting trade and cotton mills. Coal mining, brick manufacture, iron casting and engineering rose to prominence. Fine red earthenware and soft-paste porcelain tableware was produced in Newcastle at Samuel Bell's factory in Lower Street between 1724 and 1754, when production ceased. With the exception of a failed enterprise between 1790 and 1797, which switched to brewing, there was no further commercial production of pottery within the town of Newcastle. Production of earthenware tiles, continued at several locations within the borough. Manufacture of fine bone china was re-established in the borough in 1963 by Mayfair Pottery at Chesterton; the manufacture in the borough of clay tobacco-smoking pipes started about 1637 and grew until it was second only to hatting as an industry. Nationally, the town ranked with Chester and Hull as the four major pipe producers.
The industry continued until the mid-19th century, when decline set in so that by 1881 there was only one tobacco-pipe maker left. In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the town had a flourishing felt hat manufacturing industry, at its peak locally in the 1820s, when a third of the town's population were involved in over 20 factories, but by 1892 there was only one manufacturer still in production. In 1944, the Rolls-Royce Derwent engine for the Gloster Meteor fighter was made in the borough. Newcastle's 20th-century industries include: iron-working, construction materials, computers, electric motors and machinery. Near the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, the town received major redevelopment to incorporate a new street into the town centre, providing Newcastle with a new bus station and bringing in more companies. Various business centres in the town provide offices for companies that operate in the service sector. A number of pubs and bars provide Newcastle with a strong night life, with students' night being on Thursdays.
The town has been the birthplace of activists. Fanny Deakin was a campaigner for better nourishment for babies and young children and better maternity care for mothers; the former chairwoman of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Janet Bloomfield is a peace and disarmament campaigner. Vera Brittain writer, feminist was born in the town. There have been two notable Members of Parliament. Josiah Wedgwood IV was a Liberal and Labour Party MP, who served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in the cabinet of Ramsay MacDonald, in the first Labour government, he was an MP from 1909 to 1942. John Golding was elected a Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme at a by-election in 1969, he served in the governments of Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan, as PPS to Eric Varley as Minister of Technology, a Labour whip in opposition, Minister for Employment, stepping down in 1986. The current MP is Paul Farrelly; the town was once served by the North Staffordshire Railway, its station being on a branch line from Stoke-on-Trent via Newcastle and Keele, to Mar
Stafford is the county town of Staffordshire, in the West Midlands of England. It lies 16 miles north of Wolverhampton, 18 miles south of Stoke-on-Trent and 24 miles north-west of Birmingham; the population in 2001 was 63,681 and that of the wider borough of Stafford 122,000, the fourth largest in the county after Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Stafford means'ford' by a'staithe'; the original settlement was on dry sand and gravel peninsula that provided a strategic crossing point in the marshy valley of the River Sow, a tributary of the River Trent. There is still a large area of marshland northwest of the town, which has always been subject to flooding, such as in 1947, 2000 and 2007, it is thought Stafford was founded about 700 AD by a Mercian prince called Bertelin who, according to the legend, established a hermitage on the peninsula named Betheney. Until it was thought that the remains of a wooden preaching cross from this time had been found under the remains of St Bertelin's chapel, next to the collegiate Church of St Mary in the centre of the town.
Recent re-examination of the evidence shows this was a misinterpretation – it was a tree-trunk coffin placed centrally in the first, chapel at around the time Æthelflæd founded the burh, in 913 AD. The tree-trunk coffin may have been placed there as an object of commemoration or veneration of St Bertelin. A centre for the delivery of grain tribute during the Early Middle Ages, Stafford was commandeered in July 913 AD by Æthelflæd, Lady of Mercia, in order to construct a burh there; this new burh was fortified and provided with an industrial area for the centralised production of Roman-style pottery, supplied to the chain of West Midlands burhs. Æthelflæd and her younger brother, King Edward the Elder of Wessex, were attempting to complete their father King Alfred the Great's programme of unifying England into a single kingdom. Æthelflæd was a formidable military leader and tactician, she sought to protect and extend the northern and western frontiers of her overlordship of Mercia against the Danish Vikings, by fortifying burhs, including Tamworth and Stafford in 913, Runcorn on the River Mersey in 915 among others, while King Edward the Elder concentrated on the east, wresting East Anglia and Essex from the Danes.
Anglo-Saxon women could play powerful roles in society. Edward the Elder of Wessex took over her fortress at Tamworth and accepted the submission of all who were living in Mercia, both Danish and English. In late 918 Aelfwynn, Æthelflæd's daughter, was deprived of her authority over Mercia and taken to Wessex; the project for the unification of England took another step forward. Stafford was one of Æthelflæd's military campaign bases and extensive archaeological investigations, recent re-examination and interpretation of that evidence now shows her new burh was producing, in addition to the Stafford Ware pottery, food for her army and weaponry, but no other crafts and there were few imports; the Lady of Mercia, Æthelflæd, ruled Mercia for five years after the death of her father and husband, dying in Tamworth in 918. At around this time the county of Staffordshire was formed. Stafford lay within the Pirehill hundred. In 1069, a rebellion by Eadric the Wild against the Norman conquest culminated in the Battle of Stafford.
Two years another rebellion, this time led by Edwin, Earl of Mercia, culminated in Edwin's assassination. This meant. Robert de Tonei was granted one third of the king's rents in Stafford; the Norman conquest in Stafford was therefore brutal, resulted not only in the imposition of a castle, but in the destruction and suppression of every other activity except the intermittent minting of coins for about a hundred years. Stafford Castle was built by the Normans on the nearby hilltop to the west about 1090, it was first made of wood, rebuilt of stone. It has been rebuilt twice since, the ruins of the 19th century gothic revival castle on the earthworks incorporate much of the original stonework. Redevelopment began in the late 12th century, while the church, the main north-to-south street and routes through the late Saxon industrial quarter to the east remained, in other ways the town plan changed. A motte was constructed on the western side of the peninsula, overlooking a ford, facing the site of the main castle of Stafford, on the hill at Castle Church, west of the town.
Tenements were laid out over the whole peninsula and trade and crafts flourished until the early 14th century, when there was another upset associated with the plague of Black Death, followed in the mid 16th century by another revival. In 1206 King John granted a Royal Charter. In the Middle Ages Stafford was a market town dealing in cloth and wool. In spite of being the shire town, Stafford required successive surges of external investment from the time of Æthelflæd to that of Queen Elizabeth I. King Richard II was paraded through the town's streets as a prisoner in 1399, by troops loyal to Henry Bolingbroke; when James I visited Stafford, he was said to be so impressed by the town's Shire Hall and other buildings that he called it'Little London'. Charles I visited Stafford shortly after the out-break of the English Civil War, he stayed for three days at the Ancient High House. The town was captured by the Parliamentarians, while a small-scale battle was fought at nearby Hopton. Stafford fell to the Parliamentarians, as did
Shropshire Union Canal
The Shropshire Union Canal is a navigable canal in England. The Llangollen and Montgomery canals are the modern names of branches of the Shropshire Union system and lie in Wales; the canal lies in the counties of Staffordshire and Cheshire in the north-west English Midlands. It links the canal system of the West Midlands, at Wolverhampton, with the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 66 miles distant; the "SU main line" runs southeast from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction in Wolverhampton. Other links are to the Llangollen Canal, the Middlewich Branch, which itself connects via the Wardle Canal with the Trent and Mersey Canal, the River Dee. With two connections to the Trent and Mersey the SU is part of an important circular and rural holiday route called the Four Counties Ring; the SU main line was the last trunk narrow canal route. It was not completed until 1835 and was the last major civil engineering accomplishment of Thomas Telford.
The name "Shropshire Union" comes from the amalgamation of the various component companies that came together to form the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company. The main line between Nantwich and Autherley Junction was built as a railway although it was decided to construct it as a waterway; the canal starts from Ellesmere Port on the River Mersey traversing the Wirral peninsula to Chester. This stretch, completed in 1797, was part of the unfinished Ellesmere Canal; the industrial waterway was intended to connect the Port of Liverpool on the River Mersey to the River Severn at Shrewsbury via the North East Wales Coalfields. However, only eight years after the completion of the contour canal between Netherpool and Chester, the proposed project became uneconomical; this meant the planned 16-mile mainline from Chester to Trevor Basin near Wrexham was never constructed. Instead the northern Wirral section was joined to the pre-existing Chester Canal. Although the Ellesmere Canal was not completed as intended, the central section of the Ellesmere Canal was built.
These sections now form part of the waterways: Montgomery Canal. Both are branches of the Shropshire Union mainline, although in modern times they are considered to be separate canals. In Chester, from the top of the arm leading down to the Dee, the SU follows the old Chester Canal built in 1772 to connect Chester and Nantwich; the canal passes alongside the city walls of Chester in a vertical red sandstone cutting. After Chester, there are only a few locks as the canal crosses the nearly flat Chester Plain, passes Beeston Castle, the junctions at Barbridge and Hurleston and arrives at Nantwich basin, the original terminus of the Chester Canal; the two junctions on this stretch are important links in the English and Welsh connected network. At Barbridge, the Middlewich Branch of the SU goes northeast to Middlewich on the Trent and Mersey Canal; this was the original planned main line of the Chester Canal, but was in fact built much than the Nantwich stretch. At Hurleston, the old Ellesmere canal from Llangollen and Montgomery made a connection from Frankton Junction eastwards to the old Chester Canal after it was realised that the planned main line from Trevor to Chester along the Dee was never going to be built.
This canal merged with the Chester Canal and became the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union. These waters are now known as the Montgomery Canal; the odd angle between Nantwich basin and the next stretch of the SU shows that the journey southwards is on a newer canal constructed as the narrow Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal to connect Nantwich, at the end of the Chester Canal, to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Autherley Junction, near Wolverhampton. An important lost link can be seen at Norbury Junction, where a branch ran south-west through Newport to connect with the Shrewsbury Canal at Wappenshall Junction. After Nantwich basin, a long sweeping embankment incorporating an aqueduct carries the canal across the main A534 Nantwich-Chester road; the canal has to climb out of the Cheshire Plain by means of a flight of 15 locks at Audlem. The canal passes through the eastern suburbs of the town of Market Drayton in Shropshire. Further south there are substantial lengths of embankment through the Staffordshire village of Knighton.
There is an aqueduct south of Norbury Junction and deep cuttings at Loynton near Woodseaves, Grub Street, at Woodseaves. The canal continues as the 1-mile-long Shelmore Embankment. Repeated soil slippage during construction meant that this was the last part of the B&L Junction Canal to be opened to traffic; the lengthy embankment is equipped with flood gates at both ends to prevent loss of water should the canal be breached in this area. During World War II these locks were kept closed at night because of the risk of bomb damage. At Gnosall the canal enters the 81-yard Cowley Tunnel; the tunnel was planned to be 690 yards long, but after the rocky first 81 yards, the ground was unstable, the remaining length was opened out to form the present narrow and steep-sided Cowley Cutting. At Wheaton Aston, the canal climbs its last lock to reach the summit level, fed by the Be
Tamworth is a large market town and borough in Staffordshire, England, 14 miles northeast of Birmingham and 103 miles northwest of London. Bordering Warwickshire to the south and east, Lichfield to the north and west, Tamworth takes its name from the River Tame, which flows through it. In 2015, it had a population of 77,157. Tamworth is the home of the historic Tamworth Castle, Church of St Editha and Moat House, was the capital of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia; the town's main industries include logistics, clothing, brick and paper manufacture. Until 2001 it was home to the Reliant car company, which produced the three-wheeled Robin and the Scimitar sports car; the Snowdome, the UK's first full-sized real-snow indoor ski slope is in Tamworth, only a short distance away is Drayton Manor Theme Park. When the Romans arrived in Britain, the Trent Valley was home to the British Coritani tribe. Evidence of Roman activity in the area of Tamworth consists of fragments of Roman building materials found near Bolebridge Street.
Tamworth was situated near the Roman road, Watling Street and a few miles from the Roman town of Letocetum. Following the end of Roman rule, the area around the Tame valley was occupied by Anglo-Saxons from northern Germany and Jutland. Stephen Pollington states that the settlers that reached Tamworth were Angles, who left their homelands after rising sea-levels flooded much of the land. Britain offered an attractive option as its landscape was similar to their homelands, but was more fertile and had a more moderate climate; the Angles arrived from the north, navigating inland via the River Humber, River Trent and the River Tame. The settlers established themselves in "an open meadow by the Tame" which they called "Tomworðig". Nearby they established an "enclosed estate" called "Tomtun" – Tame-town – fortified with a palisade wall; these people called themselves the "Tomsaete": Tame-settlers. Tomtun was "not much more than a fortified manor"; the settlement straddled the River Anker and contained a "large hall for public gatherings" as well as individual homes and agricultural buildings such as stables and granaries.
The Lords of Tame-Settlers became wealthy and Tamworth was thus able to be fortified further. The Tomsaete were a military tribe, when soldiers "reached the age of majority" they retired from military duty and were allotted parcels of land to farm and defend. Fertile lands surrounding the rivers allotted first the hill lands; the Tomsaete were one of countless tribes "all vying for power and influence", however the Lords of the Tomsaete came to control and to "dominate" the area known as English Midlands. The tribes ruled through unions and alliances of leading families and there is evidence of contact with families across England and back in the Anglo-Saxon homelands. However, this "warlord" form of government developed and the Tomsaete's lands became a Kingdom with a single leader; the Tomsaete lived in the heartland of Mercia, Tamworth was the "royal centre" under King Penda. The King would not have a single residence. Tamworth however, was home to the King's household and children. In the reign of King Offa it was the capital of Mercia the largest of the kingdoms in what is now England.
It was by far the largest town in the English Midlands when today's much larger city of Birmingham was still in its infancy. This is due to its strategic position at the meeting point of the rivers Tame and Anker, placing the town as a centre of trade and industry; the town was sacked by the Danes in 874. It remained a ruin until 913, when Æthelflæd, daughter of King Alfred the Great and Lady of the Mercians, rebuilt the town and constructed a burh to defend it against further Danish invaders, she made Tamworth her principal residence and died there in 918. In Tamworth church in 926, a sister of King Æthelstan Saint Edith of Polesworth, was married to Sitric Cáech, the squint-eyed Norse King of York and Dublin. In the 11th century, a Norman castle was built on the probable site of the Saxon fort which still stands to this day as an important tourist attraction. Grants of borough privileges, including rights to a third additional fair in 1588 consolidated Tamworth's historic importance as'the seat of Saxon kings'.
In the Middle Ages Tamworth was a small market town. However the king gave it charters in 1319. In 1337 Tamworth was granted the right to hold two annual fairs. In the Middle Ages fairs were like markets but they were held only once a year and they attracted buyers and sellers from great distances. In 1345 Tamworth suffered a disastrous fire, much of the town burned. However, the town grew in size. Queen Elizabeth granted Tamworth another charter in 1560. Tamworth suffered from outbreaks of plague in 1563, 1579, 1597–98, 1606 and 1626. Many died but each time the population recovered. James I, the first Stuart king of England, visited Tamworth in 1619 and was accommodated by Sir John Ferrers at Tamworth Castle; the Prince of Wales was entertained by William Comberford at the Moat House. Tamworth castle was besieged by parliamentarian forces during the English Civil War in 1643. An order was issued for the castle to be destroyed but this was not carried out. Tamworth continued to grow and remained one of the most populous towns in the Midlands by 1670, when the combined hearth tax returns from Warwickshire and Staffordshire list a total of some 320 households.
Its strategic trade advantage lay w
Hanley, in Staffordshire, England, is a constituent town of Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1857 and became a county borough with the passage of the Local Government Act 1888. In 1910, along with Burslem, Fenton and Stoke-upon-Trent it was federated into the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley was the only one of the six towns to be a county borough before the merger. In 1925, following the granting of city status, it became one of the six towns that constitute the City of Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley is the de facto city centre having long been the commercial hub of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, it is home to many high street chain stores. The name Hanley comes from either "haer lea", meaning "high meadow”, or "heah lea" meaning "rock meadow". At one time, there were many coal mines in North Staffordshire. Hanley Deep Pit was opened in 1854, it was the deepest pit in the North Staffordshire coalfield, reaching a depth of 1500 feet. At its peak in the 1930s it employed some 2000 men and boys producing 9000 tons of coal a week.
The pit was closed in 1962 but much of the headgear and spoilheaps were left in situ. In the 1980s, the original site was cleared and converted into Hanley Forest Park. Coal miners in the Hanley and Longton area ignited the 1842 General Strike and associated Pottery Riots; the College Road drill hall was completed in 1903. The 1986 Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival led to the reclamation of large areas of land west of the city centre area – including the former Shelton steelworks, derelict since 1978; when the Garden Festival closed, the land remained derelict for some time, before being re-developed into public parkland and for retail and leisure. In 2013, a brand new and modern bus station opened in Hanley; this replaced the former bus station, on Lichfield Street. The new bus station is the first stage in the regeneration project which will see the previous bus station demolished, replaced with a new centre consisting of shops, restaurants and a cinema; the new bus station is smaller than its predecessor, has seen various routes in and out of the city changed to accommodate the location of the new bus station.
The bus station features a sheltered waiting area, Spar shop and toilets, is covered by CCTV, has digital timetables showing information on travel times for the day, as well as Now/Next above the entrance to each bay. Access to the station is controlled by automatic doors, at both the pedestrian entrance and coach bays; the new bus station links Hanley with towns in North Staffordshire, as well as Buxton and Stafford. Most services are run by First Potteries, though there are a number of smaller independent operators, such as Wardle Transport, D&G Bus, Arriva Midlands. In addition, National Express Coaches connect Hanley with destinations including London, Birmingham and Manchester, with additional seasonal services to holiday destinations; as part of the redevelopment of the town and wider city, a new bus interchange will be built on John Street, allowing the current station to be demolished to make room for further redevelopment of the town. Hanley no longer has a railway station but there was once one located on Trinity Street, on the Potteries Loop Line, opened by the North Staffordshire Railway for passengers on 13 July 1864.
The station survived for 100 years – it was closed in 1964, as part of the Beeching Axe, the land is now a car park. Hanley is connected to the waterways network. Hanley offers several cultural facilities such as the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, the Victoria Hall, the Regent Theatre, BBC Radio Stoke's Open Centre and studios, while Piccadilly hosts the annual Sanity Fair and French Market events. Hanley is the location of Stoke Pride, an annual pride event for LGBT people of the city. Christian Churches and Chapels in Hanley include: Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Bethesda Town Mission, Congregational Independent Tabernacle Church, Elim Church, Etruria Wesleyan Chapel, Holy Trinity C of E, Providence Methodist Church, St. John's C of E, St. Luke's C of E, St. Mark's C of E, St. Matthew's C of E, Sacred Heart RC, Trinity Methodist, St Simon and St Jude. "HANLEY a large modern town and chapelry, in the parish of Stoke, is about two miles east by north of Newcastle, ranks next to Burslem in size and opulence.
The town is in an elevated situation, the streets forming which are irregular, but many of the houses are well built. The chapelry contained, in 1821, 5,622 inhabitants." 1828 journal "Hanley, the most populous town in North Staffordshire, is described as the capital of the Potteries, a title to which it has the greatest pretensions. At the census of 1891, the population of the municipal borough reached the total of 54,846. 1893 journal More on Hanley in trade journals Henry Heath was a Latter-day Saint pioneer, explor
River Dove, Central England
The River Dove is the principal river of the southwestern Peak District, in the Midlands of England and is around 45 miles in length. It rises on Axe Edge Moor near Buxton and flows south to its confluence with the River Trent at Newton Solney. From there, its waters reach the North Sea via the Humber Estuary. For its entire course it forms the boundary between the counties of Staffordshire and Derbyshire; the river meanders past Longnor and Hartington and cuts through a set of stunning limestone gorges, Beresford Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Dovedale. The river is a famous trout stream. Charles Cotton's Fishing House, the inspiration for Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler, stands in the woods by the river near Hartington; the river's name is now pronounced to rhyme with "love", but its original pronunciation rhymed with "rove". This pronunciation is still used by some residents of the lower reaches of the river. From Hartington to its confluence with the River Manifold at Ilam, the river flows through a series of scenic limestone valleys, known collectively as Dovedale.
Dovedale is particularly used for the name of that section between the stepping stones under Thorpe Cloud and Milldale. The Dovedale gorge is considered so scenic. Good riverside paths make the whole route accessible to walkers. Much of the dale is in the ownership of the National Trust. Dovedale itself was acquired in 1934, with successive properties being added until 1938, Wolfscote Dale in 1948. Dovedale was declared a national nature reserve in 2006. Dovedale's attractions include rock pillars such as Ilam Rock, Viator's Bridge, the limestone features Lovers' Leap and Reynard's Cave. Once the river leaves Dovedale it enters a wider valley near Thorpe; the valley increases in size as the river continues south to reach Mapleton and Mayfield, where it is crossed by the medieval Hanging Bridge. At this point it is joined by the Bentley Brook, nearby at Church Mayfield, by the Henmore Brook; the Dove now flows in a south-westerly direction, passing Norbury and Ellastone, where it turns south until it reaches Rocester.
To the south of the village, at Combridge it is joined by its largest tributary the River Churnet. As it reaches the ancient Dove Bridge, it is joined by the River Tean, the river now meandering through a wide valley which turns east as it passes between Doveridge and Uttoxeter. Beyond this point riverside communities, such as Marchington and Scropton, tend to be located at the edge of the valley; the river continues east passing the villages of Marston and Egginton, where it is joined by its last tributary, the Hilton Brook. The river is divided at this point, with some flow passing through the mill fleam at Clay Mills, the two arms rejoin downstream of the A38 road bridge, to the south, the Dove reaches its confluence with the River Trent, at Newton Solney. Alphabetical list of tributaries, extracted from the Water Framework Directive list of water bodies for the River Dove: Alders Brook which joins the Dove near Rocester Bentley Brook River Churnet Foston Brook which joins the Dove near Rocester Henmore Brook Hilton Brook River Manifold Marchington Brook which joins the Dove near Marchington Marston Brook which joins the Dove near Marchington Picknall Brook which joins the Dove near Uttoxeter Rolleston Brook which joins the Dove near Rolleston on Dove River Tean Tit Brook which joins the Dove near Ellastone Rivers of the United Kingdom List of rivers of England