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The River Stort begins it's life in the Langley Hills some 7 miles from the town of Bishop's Stortford in East Hertfordshire. The river forms the boundary between Hertfordshire and Essex, my home county, though it meanders into both counties here and there. Stortford is a derivation of a Saxon name and the area was purchased by William, Bishop of London for eight pounds in 1060. South of the town the river becomes the Stort Navigation until it joins the River Lea that flows south through East London to the River Thames. In it's heyday it would have carried food and, closer to my heart, malted barley for the London breweries.
I picture it here from the Hertfordshire bank as it flows along the northern edge of Harlow, a 'New' Town that swallowed up the local hamlets and villages in Essex.
Backlit rosebay willowherb lines the river where I later saw a kingfisher feeding.