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River Medway

Description of River Medway: The navigation runs 42 miles from Tonbridge to Sheerness, where it joins the Thames estuary.

History of River Medway: Navigation was promoted by Acts of 1664, 1740, 1792, 1802 and 1824. Navigation between Maidstone and Tonbridge was promoted by the Act of 1740 and was opened in 1750. Navigation between Halling and Maidstone was promoted by the 1792 Act.
For more details see the History page.

Navigation Authority of River Medway : Environment Agency Recreation and Navigation, Region: Southern Region, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1LD: Telephone 01903 832000 : Fax 01903 821832 : (Covering the non-tidal river.).

Navigation Authority: : Medway Ports, Sheerness Docks, Sheerness, Kent ME12 1RS: Telephone 01795 596596 : Fax 01795 660072 : Email navigation@medwayports.com : (Covering the tidal river.).

Related Books of River Medway

Related External Web Sites of River Medway

  • Medway-Cruiser nformation that may help you on your voyage either tidal or non tidal river.

Other Related Pages of River Medway

Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of River Medway: Allington Lock to Maidstone: Length 175 foot, beam 21 foot 6 inches. Maidstone to Tonbridge: Length 80 foot, beam 18 foot 6 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

River Medway: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Tonbridge Bridge

A26 road bridge and Tonbridge Wharf

0

0

N

TQ590465

997

Tonbridge Town Lock No 1

0.3

1

N

TQ593464

997

Eldridge's Lock No 2

1.6

2

N

TQ611471

997

Porter's Lock No 3

Hartlake Wharf

2.6

3

N

TQ625471

997

East Lock No 4

3.8

4

N

TQ641473

997

Ford Green Bridge

4.3

4

N

TQ646472

997

Oak Weir Lock No 5

4.6

5

N

TQ653472

997

Norwood Bridge

5

5

N

TQ657474

997

Sluice Weir Lock No 6

Branbridge's Wharf and Arnold's Mill

6

6

N

TQ670480

997

Railway Bridge

Stoneham (disused lock)

7

6

N

TQ680486

997

Mouse Bay

7.5

6

N

TQ686494

997

Yalding Wharf

Anchor Inn and Anchor Sluice

8

6

N

TQ690498

997

Hampstead Lock No 7

8.3

7

N

TQ687503

997

Wateringbury Bridge

10

7

N

TQ691527

997

Teston Lock No 8

11.1

8

N

TQ708529

997

Teston Bridge

11.5

8

N

TQ708532

997

Barming Bridge

13.1

8

N

TQ724538

997

Farleigh Lock No 9

13.6

9

N

TQ735536

997

Ellis's Wharf

13.9

9

N

TQ738537

997

Point Shoot

14.6

9

N

TQ746544

997

Tovil Paper Mills and Costable's Wharves

14.9

9

N

TQ750548

997

Maidstone College Gardens

15.6

9

N

TQ758554

178

Medway Mill

17.1

9

N

TQ754566

178

Allington Lock No 10

The Malta Inn

18.1

10

N

TQ746581

178

Forstal

19.1

10

N

TQ739586

178

Aylesford Bridge

19.4

10

N

TQ729589

178

Aylesford Station

19.9

10

N

TQ721588

178

Mill Hall

20.4

10

N

TQ717590

178

New Hythe

21.1

10

N

TQ713599

178

Hawkswood

22.4

10

N

TQ714619

178

Snodland

23.1

10

N

TQ708619

178

Halling

24.4

10

N

TQ706638

178

Wouldham

25.1

10

N

TQ711643

178

Cuxton

26.9

10

N

TQ713664

178

Rochester Bridge

29.4

10

N

TQ740689

178

Chatham

30.6

10

N

TQ754682

178

Brompton and Gillingham

34.1

10

N

TQ780700

178

Isle of Grain Oil Refinery

39.9

10

N

TQ864733

178

Mouth of Swale and Queensborough Peir

41.9

10

N

TQ897742

178

Sheerness

Junction with the River Thames estuary.

42.6

10

N

TQ904757

178

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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