Avon, River

river
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Christchurch
Dorset
SZ1692
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Hurn
St Leonards and St Ives
Burton
Dorset

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Sopley
Ringwood
Ellingham, Harbridge and Ibsley
Fordingbridge
Breamore
Woodgreen
Hale
Hampshire

county:

Wiltshire

ends in Christchurch Harbour
refce: JandMN

old map: 25inch County Series map -- Hants LXXXVI.12

Avon
otherwise: abon, 688-1300; afen, 672-12; afene, 961; Avene, 1234

refce: Coates 1989
AVON, river
The common hypothetical Primitive Welsh word for 'river'='ab/on' cf W 'afon'. The name is frequent elsewhere, cf the Warwickshire and Bristol Avons.

description
Salisbury Avon
The place is described in text Walton 1820s
- Hampshire
refce: Walton 1820s
has a total length of 70 miles, of which about 20 are in hampshire. It rises in the Marlborough Downs, in Wiltshire, .... It ... and enters this county at Hale, a few miles north of Fordingbridge. Near its mouth, at Christchurch, it is joined by the Stour.

old map
Avon R.
Shown on an old map by Perrot 1823
- Hamp
refce: Perrot 1823
(PER1HANT.jpg)

old gazetteer
Avon

Period - 19th century, early
refce: Brookes 1815
a river that rises in Wiltshire, flows by Salisbury, coasts the edge of the New Forest, and enters the English channel at Christchurch bay.
Christchurch ... is seated on the Avon
Fordingbridge ... seated on the Avon
Ringwood ... is seated on the Avon

old map
Avon R
Shown on an old map by Harrison 1788
- river - Ringwood Hundred - Hampshire
Period - 1780s
refce: Harrison 1788
(HAR1SZ19.jpg)

old map
Avon
Shown on an old map by Badeslade 1742
- river - Hampshire
Period - 1740s
refce: Badeslade 1742
The Avon from Wiltshire meets the Stour from Dorsetshire, & fall into the Sea near Christchurch ...

description
Avon, River
otherwise: Alaun, River
The place is described in text Cox 1738
- Hampshire
refce: Cox 1738
Ptolemy calls the Avon the Alaun: Mr. Camden is of Opinion, that that is the true Name, because there are several Villages lying upon it, that bear some similitude to it, as Allinton and Allingham, or Ellingham; for he thinks it not probable that so many Rivers in England should be called by the general Name Avon, which in the British Language signifies a River, and have no particular Name of Distinction.

descriptive text

Period - 18th century, early
refce: Defoe 1724
... Christ Church, ... stands at the mouth of the Avon, which, as I have said, comes down from Salisbury, and brings with it all the waters of the south and east parts of Wiltshire; ...

text
Shown on an old map by Dummer 1698

Period - 17th century, late
refce: Dummer 1698
Christ Church.
The Qualifications of the Haven ... there falls into this Haven two Considerable Freshes, the one from Salisbury, the other from Blandford, ...

old map
Avon R
Shown on an old map by Morden 1695
- river - Ringwood Hundred - Hampshire
Period - 1690s-1720s
refce: Morden 1695
(MRD2SZ19.jpg)

old map
Avon flu
Shown on an old map by Ogilby 1675
- river - Hampshire
refce: Ogilby 1675 (pl.97)
(OG97SZ19.jpg)

old map
Shown on an old map by Ogilby 1675
- river - Hampshire
refce: Ogilby 1675 (pl.97)
two streams shown one is King Stream
(OG97SU10.jpg)

table of distances
Avon flu
Shown on an old map by Simmons 1643
- Hamshire
Period - 1630s-40s
refce: Simmons 1643
(SIM1SMAL.jpg)

old map
Avon
Shown on an old map by Drayton 1612

refce: Drayton 1612
(DRY1RIV2.jpg)

old map
Shown on an old map by Speed 1611
- river - Hantshire
refce: Speed 1611
(SPD1SZ19.jpg)

description
Aven, River
The place is described in text Camden 1610
- Hantshire
Period - 1600s
refce: Camden 1610
Hard by the Westerne bounds the river Aven carrieth a still streame and no sooner runneth into this shire, but it meeteth with the Fourd of Cerdicus
From thence the said river runneth on by Regnewood or Ringwood
Aven being departed from hence [Ringwood], entertaineth the river Stoure coming down out of Dorsetshire
Under this towne [Christchurch] Stoure and Aven joining together doe emptie themselves into the sea at one mouth, which Ptolomee called the mouth of the River Alaun; and rightly too: For I cannot resolve with my selfe to thinke, that the river properly was named Aven, considering this is a common name, and the Britans by that terme, called all rivers. But I would take it, that some time it was called Alaun, because there remain yet some reliques (as it were) of that name in the villages upon it, to wit, in Allington, Allingham, &c.

old map
Alauni Fl. Ostium
otherwise: Alaun Haven?
Shown on an old map by Norden 1607
- river - Hamshire
Period - 1590s-1600s
refce: Norden 1607
(NRD1SZ18.jpg)

old map
Shown on an old map by Keer 1620
- Southampton
refce: Keer 1620
(KER1SMAL.jpg)

old map
Avon flu
Shown on an old map by Saxton 1575
- river - Southamtoniae
refce: Saxton 1575
(SAX1SZ19.jpg)

old map
avon
see:- Gough Map

Period - 14th century (about 1360)
refce: Gough Map
fl avon
Identified from Salisbury and Christchurch.
(GOUGH1S.jpg)

Avon, River
otherwise: East Avon, River

refce: Ekwall, Eilert: 1927: English River Names: OUP
rises E of Devizes, flows via Netheravon and Avon to English Channel at Christchurch; note place Upavon, Netheravon

Alaunus
otherwise: Alauni Fluvii

refce: Roman Place Names
Ptolemy lists:-
ALUNI FLUVII OSTIA
Ptolemy's position makes this the Axe at Seaton; a possible alternative is the combined mouth of the rivers Avon and Stour at Christchurch, both of which rivers have tributaries called Allen.

description
Alaunus river
otherwise: Alaunius flu:
see:- Ptolemy's Geography

Period - 2nd century
refce: Ptolemy's Geography
mouth of the Alaunus river - 17 40 - 52 40
Shown on a 15th century 'Ptolemy' map.
(PTY2HANT.jpg)

Hampshire Gazetteer - JandMN: 2001