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River Ember

The River Ember in Surrey, splits into two when it meets the Island Barn reservoir to Molesey. For half a mile the two rivers flow alongside one another before joining before Hampton Court Way and the River Thames soon after.

River Ember Map

Facts & Stats

2 miles


The navigable length of the River Ember.

Cigarette Island

The island in-between the stretches of the rivers was known as the Cigarette Island. In the 1930s alterations were mate to the course of the rivers and a bridge was built.


Ember Mill

Ember Mill was originally used as a corn mill on the island in the Ember, was demolished in 1837.

Proposed housing application at Froghall

A planning application has recently been submitted for land directly south of the basin at the start of the Uttoxeter Canal in Froghall.

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans

The latest HS2 Phase 2b Western Leg Design Refinement proposals affect the Ashton Canal and Rochdale Canal in Manchester.

Waterways in Progress Grant: Chesterfield Canal

£50,000 was awarded to Rewatering Renishaw Phase 1a project as part of IWA’s Waterways in Progress Grants.

Waterways in Progress Grant: Swansea Canal

IWA awarded £18,000 to the Swansea Canal Society’s Coed Gwilym Park Slipway Project as part of IWA’s Waterways in Progress Grants in 2019.

Waterways in Progress Grant: Wilts & Berks Canal

£13,960 was awarded the Shrivenham Canal Park Project as part of IWA’s Waterways in Progress Grants.