Rivers

Saxton's Hampshire 1575

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Rivers Saxton's map of Hampshire clearly shows its rivers; some of them are named. All the major rivers are shown, but there are some little streams shown which might have been left out, and some not shown which might have been included. Keep in mind that this map was produced for government; knowledge of rivers is necessary to the planning of troop movements, they are a serious barrier.

The style of drawing of rivers is schematic, drawn tapering from their mouth. There is no excessive wiggliness but it clear that rivers are represented. Braiding is indicated, but is not an exact match to the rivers' [today's] courses. The rivers that are shown can mostly be indentified, with a degree of guesswork.



A number of bridges are indicated; they too are important knowledge if movements are being planned.



Harbours, havens, along the coast are labelled clearly. Some ferries are noticed. At least one pond is shown, at Alresford.


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'modern' name (parish; ngr) = old name if given
Alre, River (Itchen Stoke and Ovington parish; SU5732)
Anton, River (Wherwell parish; SU3839)
Ashford Water (Fordingbridge parish; SU1413)
Avon Water (Milford-on-Sea parish; SZ3091)
Avon, River (Christchurch parish; SZ1692) = Avon flu
Bagwell Stream? (Hook parish; SU740543?)
Bartley Water (Totton and Eling parish; SU3612)
Beaulieu Haven (Beaulieu parish; SZ4398) = Bewley haven
Beaulieu River (Beaulieu parish; SZ4297)
Blackwater River (Bramshill parish; SU7463)
Blackwater, River (Totton and Eling parish; SU3615)
Bourne Rivulet (Hurstbourne Priors parish; SU4445)
Bow Brook (Bramley parish; SU6758)
Buriton Stream? (Buriton parish; SU7521)
Cadnam River (Netley Marsh parish; SU3317)
Candover Stream (Itchen Stoke and Ovington parish; SU5631)
Christchurch Harbour (Christchurch parish; SZ1791) = Christchurch haven
Criddell Stream (Petersfield parish; SU7723)
Danes Stream (Milford-on-Sea parish; SZ2991)
Dever, River (Barton Stacey parish; SU4041)
Ditchend Brook (Fordingbridge parish; SU1413)
Dockens Water (Ringwood parish; SU1406)
Dun, River (Mottisfont parish; SU3225)
Ems, River (Havant parish; SU7505)
Enborne, River (Ashford Hill with Headley parish; SU5563) = Awborne flu
Hamble Haven (Hamble parish) = Hamble haven
Hamble, River (Hamble parish; SU4804)
Hart, River (Bramshill parish; SU7460)
Itchen, River (Southampton parish; SU4209) = Ichin flu
Kingsclere Stream? (Ashford Hill with Headley parish; SU5363)
Lin Brook (Ringwood parish; SU147058)
Loddon, River (Stratfield Saye parish; SU7063)
Lyde River (Sherfield on Loddon parish; SU6956)
Lymington Haven (Lymington and Pennington parish; SZ3394) = Lemyngton haven
Lymington River (Lymington and Pennington parish; SZ3493)
Meon, River (Fareham parish; SU5302)
Oakhanger Stream (Selborne parish; SU7836)
Park Stream (Michelmersh parish; SU3432)
Pillhill Brook (Upper Clatford parish; SU3544)
Ports Creek
Portsmouth Harbour (Portsmouth parish)
Rother, River (Steep parish; SU7723)
Shedfield Stream? (Curdridge parish; SU529118)
Somborne Stream?? (Kings Somborne parish; SU3430)
Southampton Water
Stour, River (Christchurch parish; SZ1692) = Stoure flu
Test, River (Southampton parish; SU4209) = Test flu
Titchfield Haven (Fareham parish; SU5303) = Tychfeld haven
Wallington River (Fareham parish; SU6003)
Wallop Brook (Houghton parish; SU338307)
Wey Brook (Sherborne St John parish; SU642584)
Wey, River (Binsted parish; SU8144)
Whitewater, River (Bramshill parish; SU7463) = Ditford flu

References
Bury, Henry: 1927-31: Rivers of the Hampshire Basin: ProcHFC: 10: pp1-11

Doherty, J; Pilkington, J: 1983: Rivers and Wetlands, Hampshire: Hampshire CC:: ISBN 0 900908 76 9

Shore, T W: 1890-93: Springs and Streams of Hampshire: ProcHFC: 2: pp33-58

Shore, T W: 1894-97: Hampshire Valleys and Waterways: ProcHFC: 3: pp29-51



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