River Welland

The River Welland is a lowland river in the east of England, some 65 miles long. It drains part of the Midlands eastwards to The Wash; the river rises in the Hothorpe Hills, at Sibbertoft in Northamptonshire flows northeast to Market Harborough and Spalding, to reach The Wash near Fosdyke. It is a major waterway across the part of the Fens called South Holland, is one of the Fenland rivers which were laid out with washlands. There are two channels between spaced embankments with the intention that flood waters would have space in which to spread while the tide in the estuary prevented free egress. However, after the floods of 1947, new works such as the Coronation Channel were constructed to control flooding in Spalding and the washes are no longer used as pasture, but may be used for arable farming. Significant improvements were made to the river in the 1660s, when a new cut with 10 locks was constructed between Stamford and Market Deeping, two locks were built on the river section below Market Deeping.

The canal section was known as the Stamford Canal, was the longest canal with locks in Britain when it was built. The river provided the final outlet to the sea for land drainage schemes implemented in the seventeenth century, although they were not successful until a steam-powered pumping station was built at Pode Hole in 1827. Navigation on the upper river, including the Stamford Canal, had ceased by 1863, but Spalding remained an active port until the end of the Second World War; the Environment Agency is the navigation authority for the river, navigable as far upstream as Crowland, with shallow draught to West Deeping Bridge, where further progress is hindered by the derelict lock around the weir. The traditional head of navigation was Wharf Road in Stamford; the management of the lower river has been intimately tied up with the drainage of Deeping Fen, the river remains important to the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, for whom it provides the final conduit to the sea for pumped water.

Wildlife in the river varies along its length, the faster headwaters being a habitat for trout and the slower lower reaches for perch. The estuary conditions and flat landscapes beyond Fosdyke favour wading birds and migratory species; the River Welland, with its tributaries, form a river system with a catchment area of 609 square miles. Within this area, 257 miles of waterway are designated as "main river", are therefore managed for flood control by the Environment Agency under the River Welland Catchment Flood Management Plan. Of this total, the 14 miles below Spalding are tidal, have sea walls to protect the adjacent land from flooding, while 56 miles are fresh water, but run through low-lying land, are therefore embanked. Within the catchment area, 179 square miles are below sea level, would be flooded without such defences; the basin runs in a broadly south-west to north-east direction, with an extension to the north around the West Glen and East Glen rivers. The underlying geology consists of Lias clays at the western end of the catchment, with Lincolnshire limestone in the centre, including the valleys of the Glen.

The eastern third is alluvial soils, it is this part that relies on artificial pumping to prevent flooding. Rainfall over the area varies between 26 and 30 inches per year, quite light, because the land is efficiently drained during the winter months, there are few reserves, making the area prone to drought in the summer months. For much of its length the Welland forms the county boundary between Northamptonshire and Leicestershire or Rutland, lower down between Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire; the Welland rises in the Hothorpe Hills in the parish of Sibbertoft, Northamptonshire and it issues at Spring Croft, Church Street. Sibbertoft sits astride one of the principal watersheds in England. Within 2 miles, the small stream forms the border between Leicestershire, it flows westwards, before looping round, passing through the grounds of Hothorpe Hall in Theddingworth, now a conference centre, to flow eastwards through Lubenham to Market Harborough. One of the driveways to Thorpe Lubenham Hall is carried over the river by an early nineteenth century ashlar bridge, a Grade II listed structure.

To the east of Lubenham, the river passes Old Lubenham Hall, part of an H-plan house built in the late sixteenth century and modified in the early eighteenth century. King Charles I is believed to have stayed there before the Battle of Naseby. Three arms of a square moat surround the house, the site is a scheduled ancient monument; the county border leaves the river on the west side of Market Harborough, as the town is wholly in Leicestershire, picks it up again on the east side. The River Jordan joins the Welland in the centre of Market Harborough, flowing northwards to the railway station. Langton Brook and Stonton Brook join from the west near Welham; the county border meanders from side to side across straight sections of the river, suggesting that the channel has been engineered. A three-arched bridge, built in 1881 of fine ashlar masonry, with a causeway to the south, carries the Welham to Weston by Welland road over the river, while a four-arched bridge dating from the early nineteenth century carries the Ashley to Medbourne road.

Macmillan Way, a long distance footpath, crosses on its way from Abbotsbury in Dorset to Boston, Lincolnshire. Medbourne Brook joins from the north, after which the river approaches a dismantled railway and is joined by the Stoke Albany Brook, approaching from the south; the river remains on the south side of the railway, while the county border follows a meandering course to the no

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