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Trent Falls

Taken from Rivers, Rectors and Abbots, David Lunn - Bishop of Sheffield, 1990...

Trent Falls, where the Trent joins the Ouse to form the Humber, is in Adlingfleet parish. It is one of the great corners of England! The brave fish (or braver canoeist) moving inland there has to choose between straight on and ending up at Wakefield or Leeds or even distant Keld or Hawes, or turning left into the Trent and thereby having passed through Derby, Nottingham and Leicester (and many another great town) finds journey's end in the distant West Midlands and close to the Welsh border. In Eastoft you begin to feel that a choice has been taken for the Trent rather than the Ouse. Today Trent-watching can be a solitary experience. I would like to have seen it as Mr. Stonehouse, Vicar of Owston Ferry and author of the splendid History and Topography of the Isle of Axholme, saw it in 1836: 'all is bustle and animation on the river: some vessels immediately prepare to resume their voyage to Gainsborough, while others get all things in readiness against the reflux of the stream in order to avail themselves of deep water for their passage to the Humber. Then comes the steam packet from Hull on its daily voyage to Gainsborough; passengers are landed and embarked; and if the wind be favourable as the tide continues to flow, brigs, schooners, sea sloops and keels pass in rapid succession so that on a fine summer's morning or evening at which time from six to nine-o'clock, the spring tides in this part of the river always flow, the sight is truly animating and delightful.'

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