Rother  Sussex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Rother like this:

ROTHER (The), a river of Sussex and Kent; rising near Rotherfield, in Sussex; running about 16 miles east-ward, past Scotchfords-Bridge, Etchingham, and Roberts-bridge, to the boundary with Kent near Bodiam; tracing that boundary, about 9 miles east-south-eastward, to the vicinity of Craven-Bridge; and going thence, about6 miles southward, within Sussex, and past Rye, to these a in the vicinity of Winchelsea. ...

It formerly wentright eastward, from the vicinity of Craven-Bridge, through Romney Marsh to the sea at New Romney; it was driven from that course by a great storm, in the time of Edward I.; it was navigable before its change of course, up to Etchingham; and it was ascended in 893 by Hastings, one of whose barges was found in 1822 in Northiam.

Rother through time

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rother in Sussex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 15th August 2022

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