The River Stour ( /ˈstʊər/ stoor or /ˈstaʊr/ stowr) is a river in East Anglia, England. It is 76 km (47 mi) long and forms most of the county boundary between Suffolk to the north, and Essex to the south. It rises in eastern Cambridgeshire, passes to the east of Haverhill, through Cavendish, Sudbury and the Dedham Vale, and joins the North Sea at Harwich. The name Stour derives from the Celtic sturr meaning "strong".
The earliest known settlement on the river in Suffolk was at Great Bradley, where man has had a recorded presence for over 5,000 years.
The River Stour was one of the first improved rivers or canals in England. Parliament passed 'An Act for making the River Stower navigable from the town of Manningtree, in the county of Essex, to the town of Sudbury, in the county of Suffolk' in 1705, mandating public navigation rights and providing the basis of a joint stock company of London and Suffolk investors who raised £4,800 to cut and manage the river. Although partly supplanted by railways, lighters were still working on the Stour almost until World War II.
Constable's Dedham Vale of 1802
The Stour valley has been portrayed as a working river by John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough and Paul Nash. Constable's connection with the area was especially important, evident in such works as The Stour Valley and Dedham Church c. 1815. Today much of the Stour valley is designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty. It forms the spine of what is known as Constable country.
The River Stour Trust, a waterway restoration group, was set up in 1968 to protect and enhance the right of the public to navigate the River Stour. The Trust seeks to restore through navigation from Sudbury to the sea, following on the successful restoration of the locks at Dedham, Flatford and Great Cornard, by reinstating the 10 remaining locks. Meanwhile, the Trust encourages use of the River Stour by small craft and organises annual events for all age groups and abilities on different parts of the river. River Stour Trust boat trips and private charters, skippered by friendly volunteer boat crew, are available in Flatford and Sudbury between Easter and October. The Environment Agency is the navigation authority for the river. RSPB Stour Estuary is a nature reserve managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.(RSPB)Info Wiki. Captured this scene as the sun was going down, and caught the Boat House.Can you spot the Kid's rope swing?
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delpeoples (57264) 2011-07-14 1:04
Another idyllic scene from Constable Country. The building on the right looks like it could be right out of an Agatha Christie mystery. And better still, we have t2 of it for the price of 1. Lovely luminosity and sharpness. The symmetry is gob-smacking.
Have a good one
dkmurphys (57025) 2011-07-14 1:49
Splendid dual composition, an incredible shot. Amazing calm place, well captured.
Have a nice day.
Ricx (13495) 2011-07-14 2:26
Hi Iaian, I feel you have now got got your sharpness spot on. lovely and crisp and full of detail.. the reflection is perfect.. congrats.. have a great day Rich
prasun984 (5590) 2011-07-14 3:52
Nice shot with good reflection in the water...good mirror image...
nice colour contrast,sharpness with good exposure controlled...V Beautiful view with nice chosen POV...
also like the informative Note...
ikeharel (69165) 2011-07-14 4:18
A wonderful reflection you managed here, Iain.
Perfect mirror, with fine clear outlines, probably no wind at the moment taken, so I recon.
Lovely place - unique in view.
jhm (150726) 2011-07-14 4:30
Quiet moment without wind, we get splendid reflections.
In this small house would I can take a break.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Excellent captured, good composed too. TFS.
bukitgolfb301 (40698) 2011-07-14 5:40
Hi my dear Lain, how are you?
Sorry for my late reply as I just come back to Tokyo.
A very very artistic shot! Perfect reflection of synmetry framewrok is so marvelous. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good day!
Takero from very hot TOKYO
timecapturer (49288) 2011-07-14 7:01
another amazing reflection, and beautifully clear and sharp image. This shot just oozes peace and relaxation. An excellent capture.
Regards - Brian
ines8 (6112) 2011-07-14 7:57
A very beautiful picture, very romantic.I love this peaceful and quiet atmosphere.
Cricri (117217) 2011-07-14 10:13
Très bon le cadrage serré pour mieux en apprécier l'effet de miroir, un endroit sympa et romantique, belle réalisation
janusz2054 (2) 2011-07-14 11:59
Really excellent shot.
Lovely picture with nice colours and wonderful reflections.
Well captured! Perfect composition.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-07-14 15:02
Surface of the water is like a perfectly finished mirror. the boat house is nicely tacked in to the right. Hidden part of the boat house can be seen in the reflection. Image is crisp and clear. A very peaceful atmosphere can be felt. Very nicely composed photo. TFS
Very best regards,
Sonata11 (33753) 2011-07-14 20:51
a very beautiful picture with wonderful colors, sharpness, perfect clarity and an mamazing reflection of this a little boat house. Perfectly well done.
I like it a very much so. Great job.
All the best,
emka (94320) 2011-07-14 23:51
Hi Ike, The river stour is not specially impressive, not big, but the meadows are nice, something like Gantchester, and this boathouse looking like a small antique temple is vey beautiful. Excellent composition with nice eflection.
Nicou (138980) 2011-07-15 0:41
fantastique reflet, un vrai miroir, super compo et iamge avec l'arbre aussi à double, quel cadrage et compo.
Bravo et amitié
SWEETFREEDOM (24508) 2011-07-16 0:20
very nice picture, relaxing mood, good reflectiosn.
Angshu (56750) 2011-07-16 1:03
Neat image with the tranquil water providing a fine mirror like reflection. Like the blue of the sky in the reflection. Fine balanced composition!
PaulVDV (27808) 2011-07-18 15:11
A well balanced shot, wonderful clear reflections, a perfect sharpness and beautiful natural colours.
So in the UK this building is called a boathouse? In some other parts of the world they would call it
a small temple :)
Best regards, Paul