|• location||Near Langley, Essex, England|
|• elevation||130 m (430 ft)|
|Near Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire|
|28 m (92 ft)|
|Length||38 km (24 mi)|
The river's name is a back-formation; the town of Bishop's Stortford does not derive its name from the River Stort, but the other way around. The 16th-century cartographers Christopher Saxton and William Camden named it the Stort, assuming the town of Stortford was named for its ford. The river was originally called the Stour.
The Stort rises north of Langley according to OS Explorer map 194 (GR 425358). From Langley, the Stort flows in a generally southerly direction through the villages of Clavering and Manuden and the market town of Bishop's Stortford.
It then flows past Sawbridgeworth, before it changes direction and flows west past Harlow and Roydon. It finally empties into the Lea at Feildes Weir, Hoddesdon. This 14-mile (22-km) long section was canalised in the 18th century as the Stort Navigation.
- Media related to River Stort at Wikimedia Commons
- River Stort Old Postcard images in A Guide to Old Hertfordshire
- Stort River Partnership