Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for MERSEY (THE)

MERSEY (THE), a river of Cheshire and Lancashire. It is formed by the confluence of the Goyt and the Etherow, at the boundary between Cheshire and Derbyshire, in the neighbourhood of Compstall; it runs in a winding course westward to Stockport, and is there joined by the Tame; it thence runs windingly, along the boundary between Cheshire and Lancashire, past Northenden, Ashton-upon-Mersey, Carrington, Warburton, and Warrington, to Runcorn; it is joined by the Irwell on the right bank below Carrington, and by the Bollin on the left bank below Warburton; it begins to expand slowly and slightly into estuary below Warrington; it becomes decidedly esturial, with a breadth of fully 2 miles, about 2 miles he low Runcorn, and there is joined on the left bank by the Weaver; it thence makes a demisemi-circular bend to the sea a little below Liverpool; and it forms, in its lowest reach, the most largely frequented harbour in the world. lts characters as an estnar., and its capacities and adjuncts as a harbour, are noticed in the article LIVERPOOL. Its entire fluviatile course from the confluence of the Goyt and the Etherow to the decided expansion into estuary below Runcorn, measured in straight lines, without including sinuosities, is about 32 miles.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a river"   (ADL Feature Type: "rivers")
Administrative units: Cheshire AncC       Lancashire AncC
Place names: MERSEY     |     MERSEY THE     |     THE MERSEY
Place: Merseyside

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