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River Browney


The Browney is a river in County Durham and is the largest tributary of the River Wear. It arises from a spring on Skaylock Hill, near Waskerley. The Browney is 44.5 km long, with a catchment area of about 75 km2.[1] Its confluence with the River Wear is near Sunderland Bridge. The Browney has several tributaries, including the River Deerness, Smallhope Burn and Pan Burn.

The River Browney is a river in County Durham, England, and the largest tributary of the River Wear.

The River Browney rises from a spring in Head Plantation, on the eastern slope of Skaylock Hill, about a mile south east of Waskerley. The spring rises approximately 500 metres from a tributary stream to the River Wear, in an area of moorland, forestry and springs, and of disused coal mines, quarries and mineral railway lines, remnants of an industrial past. Running eastwards towards Lanchester, the river skirts to the south of the village. Continuing eastwards past Langley Park and Witton Gilbert, the river then turns south and skirts the western edge of Durham. The Browney is joined by the River Deerness north of Langley Moor and finally joins the Wear to the south of Durham, close to Sunderland Bridge. Until the last Ice Age, the Browney entered the River Wear just north of Durham City, in Pelaw Woods.

The Browney was contaminated by local industry, particularly lead and coal mining, but has recovered in recent years. The river was stocked with around 3000 grayling in September 2006.

Legend has it that following his defeat at Neville's Cross in 1346, King David II of Scotland was captured having sought shelter under a bridge over the Browney at Bearpark, close by where his Scottish soldiers had camped overnight beneath Beaurepaire Priory.

Andrew Breeze has argued that the river name forms the first element of 'Brunanburh', in the Battle of Brunanburh. He interprets 'Brunanburh' as 'stronghold of the Browney', referring to the Roman fort of Longovicium.

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Stepping stones on the River Browney

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River Browney

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River Wear
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River Wear
- Overview Geology Course Tributaries Industrial History The Wear is a major river in County Durham. It rises in the East Penines at Wearhead at the confluence of Burnhope Burn and ...
Waskerley
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Browney from Deerness confl to Wear

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Browney from Source to Pan Burn

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Browney from Pan Burn to Smallhope Burn

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Browney from Smallhope Burn Deerness confl

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The infant River Browney

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Partridgeclose Mill Bridge over the River Browney

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Deerness Valley Path, Ushaw Moor

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Browney Bridge Croxdale

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River Browney in Deerness Valley Woodland

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Bridge over the River Browney

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Ford over the River Browney

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View of the river Browney

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River Browney

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River Browney Croxdale

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