River Brit

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River Brit
Palmers Brewery - geograph.org.uk - 1232454.jpg
River Brit at Palmers Brewery, Bridport
Country England
County Dorset
District West Dorset
Tributaries
 - left River Asker
 - right River Simene
Towns and villages West Bay, Bridport, Netherbury, Beaminster
Landmarks Parnham House, Slape Manor, Palmers Brewery
Source Beaminster
Mouth
 - location West Bay, West Dorset, Dorset, England

The River Brit is a river in west Dorset in southwest England. It rises just to the north of Beaminster and then flows south to Bradpole and Bridport, where it is joined by its tributaries, the River Simene and River Asker. South of Bridport, at West Bay, it reaches Lyme Bay on the English Channel coast.

The river's name is derived from the town of Bridport, which is sited on its banks. Bridport in turn derives its name from the River Bride, the neighbouring drainage basin to the east, which has connections with Bridport's early history. Prior to the establishment of Bridport, the Brit was named the River Wooth. Some settlements in the valley—such as Wooth Manor and Camesworth—have names which reflect the earlier river name.[1]

The river has Indian Balsam plants on its banks.[2]

The Brit previously suffered from pollution caused by the local hemp and flax industries and by sewage discharge, but the environment of the river has improved in recent years. Fish species found include the Stone Loach, Brown trout and minnows.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ C. J. Bailey (1982). "Extracts from C.J. Bailey's Book "The Bride Valley"". www.burtonbradstock.org.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Dorset Life magazine - the flowers of Dorset's riversides[dead link]
  3. ^ "River Brit & River Asker". Frome, Piddle & West Dorset Fisheries Association. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 

Coordinates: 50°43′N 2°46′W / 50.717°N 2.767°W / 50.717; -2.767