River Gaunless

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Coordinates: 54°40′15.60″N 1°40′10.20″W / 54.6710000°N 1.6695000°W / 54.6710000; -1.6695000
River Gaunless
River
River Gaunless.jpg
The River Gaunless in the grounds of Auckland Castle.
Country England
District County Durham
Source
 - location Copley
 - elevation 230 m (755 ft)
 - coordinates 54°37′12″N 1°52′12″W / 54.62000°N 1.87000°W / 54.62000; -1.87000
Mouth
 - location River Wear, Bishop Auckland
 - elevation 70 m (230 ft)
 - coordinates 54°40′15.60″N 1°40′10.20″W / 54.6710000°N 1.6695000°W / 54.6710000; -1.6695000

The River Gaunless is a river of County Durham in England.Its name was given by the Vikings, who found no major uses for it and thus Gaunless, meaning 'useless', became fixed.[1]

  1. ^ A Potted History of West Auckland - Martin Connolly

Formed just south of the village of Copley, by the confluence of Arn Gill (to the south, coming west from south of Langleydale Common) and Hindon Beck (to the north and coming east from Langleydale Common), the Gaunless wends its way east, passing the settlements of Butterknowle, Cockfield and Evenwood and through West Auckland before skirting the south and east of Bishop Auckland on its way to meet the River Wear.

The Gaunless Viaduct, built in 1825, was the tallest viaduct on the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway.

Settlements[edit]

  • Copley
  • Butterknowle
  • Evenwood
  • West Auckland
  • Bishop Auckland

Tributaries[edit]

  • Arn Gill
  • Hindon Beck
    • Cowclose Beck
      • Foul Sike
  • Grewburn Beck
    • Howle Beck
  • Gordon Beck
  • Norton Fine Beck
  • Oakley Cross Beck
  • Hummer Beck
  • Dene Beck
  • Coundon Burn

Bridges[edit]

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