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report by Edmund Dummer and Thomas Wiltshaw


Christchurch, Dorset: [Christ Church] 'river'; mouth of the River Stour and River Avon at Mudeford, by Christchurch, running into Christchurch Bay in the English Channel.
SZ1891; sheet 195
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Christ Church.
The Qualifications
of the Haven
River disembogues into the Sea in a Bay within the Shingles, and about 3 Leagues without the Needles Westward The Town lyes about 2 Miles from the Mouth of it, and yet the Flood Tyde scarce Washes to it, And altho' there falls into this Haven two Considerable Freshes, the one from Salisbury, the other from Blandford, yet 'tis no Port for other Vessells than of 80 Tuns downwards.
Mean Tydes and incapable
of improvement
Great Banks of Sand lye before it and not more than 2 ft. Water upon the Barr, nor Flowes on Spring Tydes more then 6 ft. upright, are insuperable impediments to those Offices, the Workes of the Navy require, therefore utterly incapable of such improvemts:.

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