River Sherbourne

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Whitley bridge arch 19o06.jpg
Whitley Abbey Bridge, over the River Sherbourne in Whitley.
Country England
City Coventry
 - location Hawkes End, Allesley
Mouth River Sowe
 - location Baginton
 - coordinates 52°22′35″N 1°29′38″W / 52.37639°N 1.49389°W / 52.37639; -1.49389Coordinates: 52°22′35″N 1°29′38″W / 52.37639°N 1.49389°W / 52.37639; -1.49389

The River Sherbourne is a river that flows under the centre of the city of Coventry, in the West Midlands, of England.

The source of the river is in the fields of Hawkes End in the Parish of Allesley. From where it flows south continuing through Spon End (where it is spanned by "Vignoles Bridge") and the city centre, where it is culverted just before it reaches the Inner Ring Road and Spon Street, and through the suburb of Whitley. It joins the River Sowe south of the A45 road near Baginton,[1] and eventually flows into the River Avon near Stoneleigh.

The name Sherbourne is said to derive from "Scir Burna"....clear stream.

In 1935 and on eight more recent occasions,[when?] the Sherbourne in these upper parts around Allesley, has dried up almost completely.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ AA Street by Street. Coventry Rugby (2nd edition (May 2003) ed.). AA Publishing. p. 40. ISBN 0-7495-3973-9.