The Hogsmill at Kingston as it flows into the Thames
|Counties||Surrey, Greater London|
|Districts / Boroughs||Epsom and Ewell, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames|
|- left||Hogsmill Stream, Horton Stream, Bonesgate Stream, Greens Lane Stream, Surbiton Stream|
|- right||Ewell Court Stream|
|Towns||Ewell, Old Malden, Berrylands, Kingston upon Thames|
|- location||Ewell, Surrey|
|- location||Kingston upon Thames|
|Length||9.9 km (6 mi)|
|Basin||73 km2 (28 sq mi)|
|Discharge||for Kingston upon Thames|
|- average||0.98 m3/s (35 cu ft/s)|
|- max||26.3 m3/s (929 cu ft/s) 6 August 1981|
|- min||0.33 m3/s (12 cu ft/s) 9 September 1976|
|Discharge elsewhere (average)|
|- Ewell||0.04 m3/s (1 cu ft/s)|
The Hogsmill River in Surrey is one of the tributaries of the River Thames; it rises in Ewell and flows into the Thames at Kingston upon Thames on the reach above Kingston road bridge. The river is 6 miles (9.9 km) in length and has a catchment area (water basin) of 73 km². The main river flows through much low-lying land, the majority of which is given over to sports grounds and green space, with the exception of Kingston town centre.
Epsom & Ewell
The source of the Hogsmill River is a chalk spring located at or near grid reference TQ219627 at Bourne Hall Park in Ewell Village, Surrey. It flows in a northerly direction between Kingston Road and the sports field beside the railway track. The river passes the Upper and Lower Mill as it gently bends to the left before flowing under the Mole Valley line between Ewell West and Stoneleigh railway station at the start of the Hogsmill Open Space, maintained by Epsom and Ewell borough council which follows the river until the boundary with Kingston.
The river continues its course in green space between the residential areas of Ewell Court and West Ewell and it confluences with the Green Lanes Stream. After a short distance, the river flows as a boundary between Poole Road Recreation Ground and Ewell Court Park and flows behind Ewell Athletics Track. It reaches another confluence, this one being the Ewell Court Stream, flowing in just downstream from Ewell Court Lake.
The river runs further through the open space and passes near to West Ewell Infants School and Ruxley Church before flowing under Ruxley Farm Bridge, the site of the former Ruxley Splash. It passes Riverview Primary School in the residential area of the Ruxley Ward before the the confluence with the Bonesgate Stream, which runs as the border between the boroughs of Epsom & Ewell and Kingston. After the confluence, the Hogsmill bends to the right and continues as this border past Tolworth Court Bridge with the A240.
It runs beside Worcester Park Road and Old Malden Lane (both the B284) along the edge of a few sports grounds and under the entrance to a go-carting track. The river leaves the border as it turns left into the outskirts of Old Malden in an area of woodland and green space. It crosses the Chessington branch line a short distance away from Malden Manor railway station. The Hogsmill is now flowing in a NNW direction as it crosses the A3 between Tolworth and Malden junctions.
The river acts as a boundary between New Malden and Berrylands, beside sport and recreation grounds near Elmbridge Avenue until almost reaching the Hampton Court branch of the South Western main line near Berrylands railway station. The Hogsmill leaves the green space area at the railway line and passes Kingsmeadow, Kingston Cemetery and the Sewage Works in the eastern outskirts of Kingston upon Thames.
It crosses under Villiers Road before heading past a campus of Kingston University before crossing Springfield Road beside Denmark Road and Grange Road. It also runs under the bridge for the A307 (Wheatfield Way) near College Roundabout beside Kingston College. The river then runs under St. James's Road by the Magistrates Court and the Guildhall before flowing under Kingston High Street and Wadbrook Street. The Hogsmill River meets the Thames beside a restaurant and shopping area beside the Thames Path footbridge at grid reference TQ177691.
The Hogsmill Stream is the the shortest out of the five main steams of the Hogsmill, running for 0.3 miles (0.5 km). It rises at the spring in Ewell Village and runs to the confluence with the Green Lanes stream between West Ewell and Ewell Court in the Hogsmill Open Space.
Green Lanes Stream
The Green Lanes stream is 1.9 miles (3.1 km) long and starts as a run-off from Stamford Green Pond on the eastern edge of Epsom Common. Other smaller streams from the common join the main stream a few meters from the pond as it goes underground. It runs near Manor Green Road and is above the ground at times, for example by the bridges under Christ Church Mount, a cresent road off Manor Green Road. Shortly afterwards, it flows underground again and this is where it runs under Epsom Primary School on Hook Road at the junction with Longmead Road. This is where the stream comes above the ground.
It runs parallel with Longmead Road where it runs near to Longmead Industrial Estate and Blenheim High School until the road meets the B2200 (Chessington Road) and the stream runs under it. This is where it flows between the two roads named Green Lanes (the river is named after the roads). It runs into the the Hogsmill Open Space before meeting the confluence with the Hogsmill Stream.
- Surbiton Stream, 3.75 miles (6 km)
- Horton Stream, 3.3 miles (5.3 km)
- Ewell Court Stream, 1.7 mile (2.7 km)
The Hogsmill has appeared in the art of John Millais in his rendition of Ophelia, and of William Holman Hunt who painted The Hireling Shepherd on the meadows by the Hogsmill, looking north towards Ewell Court Farm. The doorway (to the soul) in Hunt's The Light of the World is believed to be part of a gunpowder mill on the Hogsmill at Ewell.
- Rosenfield, Jason; Smith, Alison (2007). Millais (Exhibition Catalogue). Tate Publishing. ISBN 9789079310029.
- "Epsom and Ewell History Explorer: The PreRaphaelites". Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Epsom and Ewell History Explorer: Gunpowder Mills". Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Ewell Court House". Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- Blue Plaque on Clattern Bridge, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hogsmill.|
- Environment Agency: Flood warning notices
- Hogsmill Valley Walk
- The Hogsmill River
- Kingston upon Thames Archaeological Society: The Hogsmill Project
|Next confluence upstream||River Thames||Next confluence downstream
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