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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)

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Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sun, 17 May 2015 07:03:45 -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
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 ...

Hucknall Today

Hucknall Today
Wed, 06 May 2015 05:45:00 -0700

A programme of activities to promote health and wellbeing in Bulwell is set for Saturday 9th May from 2pm to 5pm at Bulwell Forest Garden. The afternoon will feature sports, music, games, yoga, holistic treatments, fresh cooking and raffles. Bill ...

Nottingham Post

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

Follow this path for a short distance, cross Firecrest Way and proceed to Skylark Drive, where you turn right, walking towards the River Leen. Follow the river north towards Bulwell, keeping the river on your right. About 500m south of the train ...
Mansfield Chad
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0800

The stressed deputy manager of a betting shop stole thousands of pounds in cash from the premises and threw most of it in the River Leen at Bulwell, a court heard. The behaviour of Katie Pickering-Merrett (39), of Hambling Close, Bulwell, was described ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 04:30:09 -0700

... the day with a “severe risk” of flooding in parts of Nottinghamshire. The rain is forecast to continue until 10pm with gale force winds during the evening as well. The Environment Agency has said floods are expected later today in Bulwell near the ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:03:19 -0800

“If you go a couple of weeks without rain it's surprising how clear the Trent is,” says Jack, who also filmed at Attenborough Nature Reserve, the River Leen, Fairham Brook and some of the county's small streams. As well as capturing footage of common ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 03:20:00 -0700

Henry Mellish School used to stand in Highbury Road, near Bulwell but was merged with the River Leen school to become the new Bulwell Academy in 2009. The school was named after Eton-educated British Army colonel Henry Mellish who was a ...

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