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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; -1.1585
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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Hucknall Today

Hucknall Today
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:48:45 -0700

Safety concerns have been raised over Bulwell's River Leen bridge being used by bigger buses. The problem involves Nottingham City Transport's No 79 bus service from Top Valley to the Morrisons superstore off Hucknall Lane because buses on the ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:50:24 -0700

The River Leen, with carp, tench and bream, runs through nearby Newstead Abbey, meandering on through the grounds of Orchard House, and then down to the River Trent. "This really is a unique place to live," he added. "It is a haven or sanctuary all of ...

Hucknall Today

Hucknall Today
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Bulwell Flood Committee are delighted that the go-ahead has been received for the RIVER LEEN to get a £1 million improvement. But members feel that some remedial work should be done on the Bulwell stretch of the Leen before next winter to cut out a BIG ...

Hucknall Today

Hucknall Today
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:15:00 -0700

The streams, known as the Linby Docks, used to feed the mills of Linby, and are tributaries of the River Leen, from which Linby takes its name. Over the years the stone walls around the docks have been repaired by using cement, which has damaged the ...
Nottingham Post
Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:00:00 -0700

I take my hat off to the way Bulwell has utilised its town centre part of the river Leen. Think again planners, do think again. JOY JAMES. Colwick Park Close. Colwick Village. IN a recent article in the Post, something called the Greater Nottingham ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 00:07:30 -0700

The oldest, the Nottingham Waterworks Company, was established in 1696 and extracted water from the River Leen. In the early 19th Century this company put up new works at Scotholme, in Basford, and at Brewhouse Yard, under Nottingham Castle.

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