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For the mathematician, see Gordon Thomas Whyburn.
Country England
County Nottinghamshire
 - location Hucknall
Mouth River Leen
 - location Bestwood Village
 - coordinates 53°1′47″N 1°10′56″W / 53.02972°N 1.18222°W / 53.02972; -1.18222Coordinates: 53°1′47″N 1°10′56″W / 53.02972°N 1.18222°W / 53.02972; -1.18222
Length 2.25 mi (4 km)

The Whyburn, or Town Brook is the main watercourse flowing through the town of Hucknall in the English county of Nottinghamshire. It rises in two separate springs at the foot of the Misk Hills by Whyburn Farm, and flows east into the town of Hucknall, past Whyburn Lane to which it also gives its name. The brook once drove several mills in Hucknall, the most notable example being close to the junction of Baker Street and Annesley Road near the town centre.[1] In the History of Hucknall Torkard it is suggested that a mill pond once existed close to the former village green (now the Market Place).[1] The name of the stream is thought to be derived from a Celtic word 'Wy' meaning 'water'.[2] The Whyburn has a total length of around 2.5 miles (4.0 km), and terminates in a confluence with the River Leen immediately upstream of Bestwood Village Mill Lakes. A school used to take the name of 'Whyburn'.[3]


  1. ^ a b Beardsmore (1909), Broxtowe Wapentake, accessed 2010-06-06
  2. ^ Beardsmore (1909), Place Names, accessed 2010-06-06
  3. ^ BBC Primary School tables, accessed 2010-06-06


  • Beardsmore, J. H. (1909), History of Hucknall Torkard