Devil's Water

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Devil's Water
The Devil's Water, near Dukesfield smelt mill - geograph.org.uk - 611085.jpg
Devil's Water
Devil's Water is located in Northumberland
Devil's Water
Location within Northumberland
Location
CountryUnited Kingdom
CountyNorthumberland
Physical characteristics
Mouth 
 ⁃ coordinates
54°58′29″N 2°02′22″W / 54.9746°N 2.0395°W / 54.9746; -2.0395Coordinates: 54°58′29″N 2°02′22″W / 54.9746°N 2.0395°W / 54.9746; -2.0395
Length26.3 km (16.3 mi)

Devil's Water is a river in Northumberland, England. A tributary of the River Tyne it joins that river from the south, near the village of Dilston about 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west of Corbridge. It is formed from the waters of several smaller burns and sikes between Embley and Hackford some 5 miles (8 km) to the south of Hexham.[1][2][3]

Its tributaries include Rowley Burn and West Dipton Burn.[2]

Devil's Water is of historical interest, figuring in the Battle of Hexham.

Etymology[edit]

The name Devil's Water may share an etymology with the various rivers named Douglas in Northern England and Scotland such as the Douglas Water and River Douglas;[4] the name is derived from the Brittonic elements dūβ-, meaning "black",[4] and *glẹ:ss, "stream, rivulet, watercourse" (Welsh du-glais).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devil's Water". The UK Rivers Guidebook. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Devils Water from Rowley Burn to Tyne". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Devils Water from Source to Rowley Burn". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence" (PDF). SPNS - The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Retrieved 25 November 2018.