The Rivers of Staffordshire 1868


"DOVE, a river rising on the borders of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, near Buxton and Axedge Hill, and, after a course of 45 miles, joins the river Trent at Newton Solney. The delightful country through which it flows has been celebrated by Cotton and Izaac Walton. It comprises some of the finest rock scenery in England, skirted by rich meadows abounding in rare plants and grasses."

"PENK, a feeder of the Trent, rises near Norbury, county Stafford."

"TAME, a stream of county Stafford, rises near Wednesbury, and joins the Trent at Alrewas."

"TRENT, the third river in England, rises under Mole Cop in Biddulph Moor, county Stafford, about 155 miles from the sea, and after receiving the tributary streams of the Sow, Blithe, Tame, Mees, Dove, Derwent, Soar, Erewash, Lene, Dovebeck, Greet, Devon, and Idle, joins the Humber at Alkborough. It is subject at its mouth to the "eagre," or bore, like the Severn, and is navigable as far as Gainsborough, to which place the tide comes up, being 25 miles from the sea, but barges can ascend as high as Burton-on-Trent."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]