Medway Navigation

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Medway Navigation
--River MedwayTidal
0 Allington Lock
Allington Marina
Maidstone East Line
St Peter's Bridge-A20, Maidstone
Maidstone Bridge-A20, Maidstone
College Lock (removed)
River Len
Tovil Foot Bridge
Loose Stream
7.2 Farleigh Lock
Farleigh Bridge
Barming Bridge
Teston Bridge
10.4 Teston Lock
Bow Bridge, Wateringbury
Wateringbury Stream
Hampstead Marina
15.2 Hampstead Lane Lock
Breden's Boatyard
River Beult
Twyford Bridge, Yalding
River Teise
5.5 Automatic Sluice
Hampstead Lane Canal
Stoneham Old Lock (disused)
Medway Valley Line
A228 East Peckham By-pass
18.8 Sluice Wier Lock
River Bourne
Stilstead Bridge
20.8 Oak Weir Lock
Ford Green Bridge
22.0 East Lock
24.0 Porters Lock
Hartlake Bridge
25.6 Eldridge Lock
Botany Stream
28 Cannon Bridge
28 Town Lock
Big Bridge, Tonbridge A26
Hilden Brook
SE Main Line
Lucifer Foot Bridge
Sharpe's Bridge
31 Leigh Barrier
A21(T)Tonbridge By-pass
--River MedwayUpstream

The River Medway in England flows for 70 miles (113 km) from Turners Hill, in West Sussex, through Tonbridge, Maidstone and the Medway Towns conurbation in Kent, to the River Thames at Sheerness, where it shares the latter's estuary. The Medway Navigation runs from the Leigh Barrier south of Tonbridge to Allington just north of Maidstone. It is 19 miles (31 km) in length. The Environment Agency is the navigation authority responsible for the navigation.

The route[edit]

Until 1746 the river was impassable above Maidstone. To that point each village on the river had its wharf or wharves: at Halling, Snodland, New Hythe and Aylesford. Cargoes included corn, fodder, fruit, stone and timber.

Allington Lock and Sluice, it is at this point that the river becomes tidal.

In 1746 improvements to the channel meant that barges of 40 long tons (41 t) could reach East Farleigh, Yalding and even Tonbridge. The channel was further improved to Leigh in 1828. There are eleven locks on the river. The lowest, opened in 1792, is at Allington, and is the extent of tides. The others are East Farleigh, Teston, Hampstead Lane,Stoneham Old Lock (disused), Sluice Weir Lock, Oak Wier Lock East Lock, Porter's, Eldridge's and Town Lock in Tonbridge. The locks will take craft up to 80 feet (24 m) by 18 feet (5.5 m), and vessels with a draft of 4 feet (1.2 m) can navigate the river. The shallowest point is just below Sluice Weir Lock which is prone to silting after heavy rain.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Medway navigation, Leaflet,March 1991, NRA-National Rivers Authority

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