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The Idle, Nottinghamshire

Historical Description

Idle, The, a river of Notts. It is formed, near Perlthorpe, by the confluence of the Mann and the Meden, which flow about 12 miles north-eastward from Sherwood Forest; and it runs north-eastward, past Elkesley, Gamston, and Eaton, to East Retford; goes thence north-north-westward, but with a great detour on the right, to Bawtry; proceeds thence north-eastward to the Misson Levels; strikes there the boundary with Lincolnshire; and, turning to the E, runs partly along that boundary, partly within Notts, to the river Trent at Stockwith, close to the mouth of the Chesterfield Canal. Its total length of course, measured from Perlthorpe, is about 30 miles, and its chief tributaries are the Wollen near Elkesley, and the Ryton or Worksop at Bawtry.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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