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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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90 news items

Hucknall Today

Hucknall Today
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 06:41:15 -0700

A single-handed campaign to clean up the river Leen has been delayed while a pair of waders is sought. Georgina Harris rolled up her sleeves - and her trouser-legs - and waded into the water herself, after becoming sickened by the quantity of rubbish ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:30:03 -0700

English and drama teacher George Harris and her former pupil, 16-year-old Sorrel Lyall, have made it their mission to clean the River Leen, which runs through Bulwell, over the next 12 months. The duo are backing the Post's Good Deeds Notts campaign, ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:11:15 -0700

Five shopping trolleys were dragged from the River Leen as a group of residents braved miserable weather to spruce up their area. Around 40 volunteers gathered on the river bank in Bulwell to pick up litter and clear footpaths. They were all taking ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:00:00 -0700

During this period, Mrs Gawthern would have enjoyed views from her upper storey back windows of the River Leen, and the Meadows. She also had a large garden, as well as an orchard and paddock, which backed onto Broad Marsh. At this time Broad ...

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 ...

The Quietus

The Quietus
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 03:41:15 -0700

'River Leen', at five minutes nearly twice as long as any of its six companions, allows for the most experimentation – in particular from Caithness, who embarks on a zig-zaggy reading of the American Primitive guitar style before drawing to a spindly ...

Nottingham Post

Nottingham Post
Fri, 08 May 2015 22:02:52 -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
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:02:58 -0700

A music student is hoping a social media movement will hit all the right notes when it is launched later this month. Matthew Spurr, 21, of Mapperley, may be aspiring to establish himself as a session musician but over the course of the summer, he has ...

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