Kennet  Wiltshire


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

KENNET (THE), a river of Wilts and Berks. It rises near Marlborough Downs, not far from the centre of Wilts; runs eastward, past Marlborough, Hungerford, Newbury, and Aldermaston; and falls into the Thames at Reading. It has a course of about 19 miles in Wilts to Hungerford, and of about 25 through Berks; receives the Lambourne on its left side below Newbury, and the Enborne on its right near Aldermaston; and is noted for trout, and especially for eels. Pope speaks of "the Kennet swift, for silver eels renown'd."

Kennet through time

Click here for graphs and data of how Kennet has changed over two centuries. For statistics for historical units named after Kennet go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 21st October 2021

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