Great Bradley and the River Stour in Suffolk
The East Anglian River Stour flowing through this part of Suffolk is probably the reason why Great Bradley exists at all. 'Stour' means 'mighty river'.
The River Stour rises at about 380 feet above sea level on Wratting Common. The River is 42miles long. It flows for four miles in Cambridgeshire, eight miles in Suffolk and then forms the border between Suffolk and Essex. The Environment Agency give the figure for the length of the river from Sipsey Bridge (at the border of the Great Bradley parish and 4 miles from the source) to Cattawade as 68 miles (108.5 km) including all meanders.
The map and the aerial view and photos below show the source of the River Stour: Just below the number 63 on the map and by the red circle on the photo
Looking SE at the point marked as the source
Close up of the 'source'
Looking SE through the tunnel under the road
Looking NW along the 'river' from the point marked as the source
The actual location is given by the following:
- Grid ref: TL630500
- X: 563000m
- Y: 250000m
- Lat: 52:07:37N (52.127)
- Lon: 0:22:39E (0.3776)
- X: 563000m
To see the course of the River Stour as it meanders near the village then click here. It will open in a new window.