River Banwell

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Coordinates: 51°23′26″N 2°55′58″W / 51.39056°N 2.93278°W / 51.39056; -2.93278
River Banwell
River
River Banwell.jpg
Country England
County Somerset
Cities Banwell, Weston-super-Mare
Source
 - location Banwell, Somerset, England
 - coordinates 51°19′37″N 2°51′50″W / 51.32694°N 2.86389°W / 51.32694; -2.86389
Mouth St Thomas's Head
 - location Bristol Channel, Somerset, England
 - coordinates 51°23′26″N 2°55′58″W / 51.39056°N 2.93278°W / 51.39056; -2.93278

The River Banwell is a small river in Somerset, England.

It begins life as a series of springs near the Church of St Andrew in Banwell where they once filled a large pool below the church. It then flows north east of Weston-super-Mare and on to Woodspring Bay where it enters the Bristol Channel,[1] at St Thomas's Head, which forms the eastern boundary of Sand Point and Middle Hope, a short distance from Woodspring Priory.

Through an Act of Parliament, and despite local protests, the Banwell springs were capped in 1915 and the pool slowly dried up. The water became part of the Weston Water Company's supply. Thereafter the old pool was filled in and became the village bowling green.

Flooding has occurred on Banwell Moor,[2] despite previous canalisation, and feasibility studies have been carried out to see if this could be managed to reduce the risk of floods in the Weston-super-Mare area.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Somerset Rivers". Somerset Rivers. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Policy Delivery Statement". West Mendip Internal; Drainage Board. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  3. ^ Arup (2006). "Weston Area Action Plan Environment & Utilities Report". North Somerset Council. Retrieved 2009-09-25.