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River Ouse (Sussex)

Description of River Ouse (Sussex): This tidal river is now navigable for 9.5 miles from Newhaven Harbour to Lewes but was navigable for a further 22½ miles to Ryelands Bridge at Linfield through 18 locks.

History of River Ouse (Sussex): The upper river navigation was promoted by Acts of 1790, 1791, 1800, 1806 and 1814. Navigation opened around 1812. Originally the river was navigable to Linfield and had 18 locks, traffic ceased in the 1860s..
For more details see the History page.

Navigation Authority of River Ouse (Sussex) : Environment Agency Recreation and Navigation, Region: Southern Region, Guildbourne House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1LD: Telephone 01903 832000 : Fax 01903 821832 :

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River Ouse (Sussex): Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Hamsey Lock (remains of)

Head of navigation

0

0

N

0

Lewes Corporation Wharf

1.3

0

N

0

Lewes Bridge

1.5

0

N

0

Southerham Swing Bridge

British Rail

2.3

0

N

0

Southease Swing Bridge

5.3

0

N

0

Piddinghoe

6.9

0

N

0

Newhaven Swing Bridge

8.5

0

N

0

Newhaven Harbour Mouth

Entrance to the English Channel

9.5

0

N

0

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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