The River Stour
The River Stour is
one of the major rivers in Suffolk, which flows through the centre of
The River Stour was made
navigable as a commercial waterway in 1705 from Sudbury to the sea, unfortunately
nearly all of the locks have disappeared. The river is eminently suitable
for exploring by light craft. For practically the whole way the river
runs through a wide valley with pleasant views. There are no large towns
along the course. The Environment
Agency have published bye-laws that prohibit the use of powered boats
anywhere except on the stretch from Sudbury to Henny. These in turn are
restricted to steam or electric power.
The river rises in Cambridgeshire, North East of Haverhill at Wratting and follows a fifty mile course through Wixoe, Clare, Sudbury, Flatford and Dedham before it finally reaches the sea at Harwich. At Brantham (Cattawade Bridge) the river becomes tidal. For most of its journey it forms the Suffolk & Essex county boundary.
Since 1971, the Ely - Ouse
to Essex transfer scheme has been used to augment the Rivers Stour and
Blackwater by up to 340 Million gallons of water per day.
There is a large flood
plain between Sudbury - Henny and Bures with a further plain to the south
either side of Bures Mill. The fields in these areas regularly flood in
The river divides the village
into two distinct halves, Bures Hamlet in Essex and Bures St Mary in Suffolk.
future of the River Stour.
On the 15th February 2003 the Environment Agency opted to support (b) with a further study into the use of steam and electric powered craft
Today the river is only navigable from Bures towards Sudbury, its route south, being blocked by a sluice at Bures Mill.