"A large river in England, which rises in Staffordshire, issuing from three several springs between Congleton and Leek. Flowing through Staffordshire, it enters Derbyshire, crosses the southern angle of that county, and forms for a short space its separation from the counties of Lincoln and Nottingham; it then enters the latter county, and crossing it forms the boundary between that county and Lincolnshire, a corner of which it crosses, and then falls into the Humber below Gainsborough, after a course of about 200 miles, during which it receives the waters of several large streams. It is a large navigable river through the whole of Nottinghamshire, but has the inconvenience of being subject to great and frequent floods."
[Barclays Complete & Universal English Dictionary, 1842-1852]
"The river Trent rises in the north-west, near the boundary of the county, at the foot of Mow Cop, in the parish of Biddulph, and flows in a south-easterly direction, passing by Stoke-on-Trent and Hanford, where it receives the Lyme, then through Trentham Park and the town of Stone, where it receives the Filly Brook, by Weston-on-Trent to Great Haywood, where the Sowe flows in, and by Colwich, near Rugeley, through Mavesyn Ridware, Pipe Ridware, King's Bromley, Alrewas, near which it receives the Tame, and thence in a north-easterly direction to Burton-on-Trent, above which it receives the Dove, and thence continues to Nottingham."
[Kelly's Directory of Staffordshire, 1928]
[Last updated: 18th July 2002, Mike Harbach. © 1997, 2002]