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River Leen
River Leen, Radford - geograph.org.uk - 875331.jpg
River Leen near Radford
Country United Kingdom
Country within the UK England
Counties Nottinghamshire
Towns Bulwell, Basford, Radford, Lenton
 - left Day Brook
City Nottingham
 - location Robin Hood Hills, Annesley, Nottinghamshire
 - coordinates 53°05′10″N 1°13′07″W / 53.0861°N 1.2187°W / 53.0861; -1.2187
 - location Confluence with the River Trent, The Meadows, Nottingham
 - coordinates 52°56′14″N 1°09′31″W / 52.9371°N 1.1585°W / 52.9371; -1.1585Coordinates: 52°56′14″N 1°09′31″W / 52.9371°N 1.1585°W / 52.9371; -1.1585
Length 24 km (15 mi) [1]
Basin 124 km2 (48 sq mi) [2]
Discharge for Triumph Road, Lenton
 - average 0.67 m3/s (24 cu ft/s) [3]
Confluence with the River Trent shown in Nottinghamshire
Wikimedia Commons: River Leen

The River Leen is 15 mile (24km) long tributary of the River Trent that flows through Nottinghamshire, and the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands of England.


The Leen rises as a series of springs at the foot of the Robin Hood Hills just outside Annesley. It then flows through the grounds and lakes of Newstead Abbey, passing Papplewick and on through Bestwood Country Park, following the route of the Leen Valley into suburban and urban Nottingham. Within the city it flows through the centre of Bulwell, and passes Basford where it is joined by the Day Brook. The Leen then flows through Radford, and Lenton before joining the River Trent next to Riverside Way in The Meadows.


Leen is a corruption through various renderings of the Celtic word llyn, "lake" or "pool", and Anglo‐Saxon hlynna, meaning "streamlet". Some of the surrounding villages derived their name from the River Leen. Lenton, ton being the Saxon word for "village"; and Linby, by being the Danish equivalent of ton.

From Lenton onwards the course of the Leen has been quite radically altered on a number of occasions, notably culverted by the Borough Engineer, Marriott Ogle Tarbotton, but the river's present course is believed to follow much the same route as it did originally.[4] Originally it discharged into the Beeston Canal, flowed some distance along the canal and thence over a small weir into the Tinker’s Leen (where the modern Courts complex is now situated) and so into the Trent just downstream of Trent Bridge.

Recent developments[edit]

Nottingham City Council planning guidance[5] and best practice from the Environment Agency[6] is now to remove culverts, which are expensive to maintain and can cause flooding when they are blocked or damaged. As a result a number of developments along the course of the Leen now open up previously culverted stetches of the waterway.

A new Tesco development in Bulwell town centre, which received planning permission in 2008, will remove the culvert under the former Kwik Save supermarket.[7]

In Radford, a new student village at Chettle's Yard will open up a long stretch of the river parallel to the railway line.

And the eastern part of the University of Nottingham's Jubilee Campus opens up a section of the river's urban route through Lenton, a small lake having been created to the rear of the Sir Colin Campbell building, adjacent to the concrete channel (through which the Leen still flows) that was originally built to prevent the flooding of the now-demolished Raleigh cycle factory. The river then passes through several industrial units and under Triumph Road, before re-appearing behind the Nottingham Emergency Medical Services centre (the old AA building) on Derby Road. The Leen is sometimes mistakenly believed to pass through the main part of the Jubilee Campus, but the lake and other water features in that area are artificial in nature.


  • Trent Water Authority – Official Handbook (1973)

External links[edit]

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74 news items

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 10:08:17 -0700

"He was a governor at River Leen School for more than 20 years," she said. "He always wanted to help out the children in the area. He used to employ children from the school when they wanted Saturday jobs, and he ran Dictionary for Life, because he ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:10:57 -0700

Mr Perks travelled the length and breadth of the country to film the fish, but managed to capture most of them at Attenborough Nature Reserve, the River Leen, Fairham Brook and some of the county's small streams. His film called 'Beneath The Waterline ...
Nottingham Post
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 07:24:14 -0700

Highfields Lido in 2003; The lido in Skegness in September 1960; Mr Michael Adey is with his sons Daniel, 4, and Matthew, 6,; Sian Diamond enjoys the outdoor Lido at the Ken Martin swimming centre despite the rain 2003; The weir across the River Leen.

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 07:40:49 -0800

THIS is a very pleasant linear walk on good footpaths, which makes full use of public transport. It is both dog and buggy- friendly, provided you can get up and down the steps over the railway line at Bulwell (buggies can detour via the road) and ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Fri, 08 May 2015 21:52:30 -0700

Damp woodland extends along the western bank of the with some remaining marginal vegetation with a small patch of bulrush and reed canary-grass (near the railway/tram bridge over the River Leen). There is an ongoing management challenge to control ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sun, 17 May 2015 07:05:48 -0700

Wouldn't the River Leen itself provide all the power needed to feed the Robinsons' half-dozen mills stretching from the Papplewick-Linby area southwards to Bestwood and Bulwell? The River Leen, which rises in the Kirkby-in-Ashfield area, flows ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Wed, 06 May 2015 07:55:24 -0700

Butt houses - at the centre of a conservation row, Derby Road, Lenton. New concrete bridge canal, lenton-lane 17 october 1956. Lenton memorial 1919. Entry of the River Leen into the Nottingham canal at a spot just near Abbey Bridge; Lenton Railway ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:32:13 -0700

It was in the early 13th century that the Grey Friars set up house to work in solitude and follow the lessons of St Francis of Assisi. They could have chosen a better spot. The land was swamped by the foul waters of the River Leen which ran outside the ...

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