River Deben from source to sea

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Recognised Source of the River Deben is west of Ulveston Hall, Mickfield. It is either named after Debenham or Debenham is named after it; nobody is really sure.
Another alternative source runs south from the parish of Bedingfield. The river, which is just over 33 miles long, passes through Woodbridge, where it becomes a tidal estuary before emptying into the North Sea between Felixstowe Ferry and Bawdsey at Harwich Haven.
Along its length there are over thirteen road bridges, four fords, and seven watermills that are still standing, though only the Tide Mill at Woodbridge is still working. For much of its meanderings it is hidden from view by high hedges and other features on the landscape. These are just some of the places it can be seen.
Byng Brook is a short tributary which rises in Bredfield and joins the Deben at Ufford.
The River Fynn is a tributary which rises at Witnesham and joins the Deben from Martlesham Creek.
The River Lark is a short river which rises in Otley and links with the River Fynn before it joins the Deben.
Mill River which rises at Rushmere Heath and flows for roughly eight miles and as its name might suggest has a former watermill on its bank. It joins the Deben at Kirton Creek.
The River Deben frequently suffers from low flows during the summer months having a harmful effect on fish and other aquatic wildlife. Eutrophication is another major problem causing a dense growth of plant life in some areas and occasional algal blooms.

The Source of the River Deben
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TM1363 : The source of the River Deben by Adrian S Pye TM1363 : Blister hangar on the old RAF Martlesham airfield by Adrian S Pye

Ford in Stony Lane (aka Derrybrook Lane) Debenham
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TM1663 : The River Deben and the longest ford in the country by Adrian S Pye TM1663 : Bridge over the River Deben on Stony Lane by Adrian S Pye TM1663 : Pollution in the River Deben by Adrian S Pye

The river alongside and under the streets of Debenham
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TM1763 : River Deben in Aspall Road, Debenham by Adrian S Pye TM1763 : River Deben in Aspall Road, Debenham by Adrian S Pye TM1763 : River Deben in Aspall Road, Debenham by Adrian S Pye

The ford in Water Lane, where the water flows along the road before crossing it
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TM1763 : Water Lane in Debenham by Adrian S Pye TM1763 : Water Lane in Debenham, the end of the ford by Adrian S Pye TM1763 : Water Lane in Debenham by Adrian S Pye

Under the bridge at Cross Green
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TM1763 : Bridge at Cross Green, Debenham by Adrian S Pye TM1763 : River Deben downstream from Cross Green Bridge by Adrian S Pye

Beneath the bridge on Winston Road x Kenton Road, junction
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TM1762 : River Deben tributary beside the B1077, Winston Road by Adrian S Pye TM1762 : River Deben tributary beside the B1077, Winston Road by Adrian S Pye

Under the bridge on Kenton Road
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TM1762 : Bridge over the River Deben at Debenham by Adrian S Pye TM1762 : Upstream from the Kenton Road bridge by Adrian S Pye TM1762 : Downstream from the Kenton Road bridge by Adrian S Pye TM1762 : Downstream from the Kenton Road bridge by Adrian S Pye TM1762 : View of upstream under the Kenton Road bridge by Adrian S Pye

Passing under the bridge on farm drive, at Barley House Farm, Ashfield
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TM1862 : Bridge over the River Deben by Adrian S Pye TM1862 : Upstream from a farm bridge by Adrian S Pye TM1862 : Reeds and bulrushes in the River Deben by Adrian S Pye

And under the busy A1120
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TM2061 : Bridge over the River Deben at Ashfield by Adrian S Pye TM2061 : Upstream at the Bridge on the A1120 by Adrian S Pye TM2061 : Downstream from the A1120 bridge over the Deben by Adrian S Pye

Having been joined by a small tributary from south west of Pettistree it now runs alongside the road at Ashfield
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TM2160 : River Deben downstream at Ashfield by Adrian S Pye TM2160 : River Deben upstream at Ashfield by Adrian S Pye

Under when the river is low and over the ford when high, near Dove’s Farm
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TM2060 : The River Deben in the upper reaches by Adrian S Pye TM2160 : The River Deben in the upper reaches by Adrian S Pye TM2160 : Unsafe bridge over the River Deben by Adrian S Pye TM2160 : The River Deben at the ford by Adrian S Pye TM2160 : Footbridge beside the ford to Fen Cottages by Adrian S Pye TM2160 : Ford through the River Deben to Fen Cottages by Adrian S Pye

Passing under the Street at Cretingham.
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TM2260 : Bridge over the River Deben in The Street, Cretingham by Adrian S Pye TM2260 : River Deben upstream at Cretingham bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2260 : River Deben downstream at Cretingham bridge by Adrian S Pye

After leaving Cretingham and just before Brandeston Bridge the Deben is joined by another unnamed tributary rising from Kenton and which flows south east to Earl Soham before heading south to meet the Deben.
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Under Brandeston Bridge
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TM2360 : River Deben at Brandeston Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2360 : River Deben upstream from Brandeston Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2360 : River Deben at Brandeston Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2360 : River Deben downstream at Brandeston Bridge by Adrian S Pye

before the farm bridge south of Brandeston church
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TM2460 : Bridge over the River Deben by Adrian S Pye TM2460 : Bridge over the River Deben by Adrian S Pye

Under the footbridge and across the ford on Ford Lane
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TM2560 : Approaching the ford at Brandeston by Adrian S Pye TM2560 : Footbridge and ford on Ford Lane, Brandeston by Adrian S Pye TM2560 : Footbridge and ford on Ford Lane, Brandeston by Adrian S Pye

Kettleburgh Mill stood upstream from the bridge and was demolished many years ago
TM2659 : River Deben as it flows through Kettleburgh by Adrian S Pye

Then flowing under Kettleburgh Bridge in Mill Lane
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TM2659 : Kettleburgh Bridge over the River Deben by Adrian S Pye TM2659 : Upstream from Kettleburgh bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2659 : Downstream from Kettleburgh Bridge by Adrian S Pye

Meandering through newly created woodland before reaching Sanctuary Bridge, Letheringham
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TM2758 : River Deben upstream from Sanctuary Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2758 : River Deben downstream from Sanctuary Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2758 : Peering under Sanctuary Bridge on the River Deben by Adrian S Pye

Before encountering the race of the former Letheringham Mill
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TM2758 : Letheringham watermill by Adrian S Pye TM2758 : Letheringham watermill by Adrian S Pye

Bridge past Letheringham Mill
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TM2758 : Bridge spanning the River Deben at Easton by Adrian S Pye TM2758 : River Deben looking upstream by Adrian S Pye TM2758 : River Deben downstream from the bridge by Adrian S Pye

Under the former Glevering Mill
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TM2956 : Glevering watermill by Adrian S Pye TM2956 : Glevering watermill and millhouse by Adrian S Pye TM2956 : The millpond at Glevering watermill by Adrian S Pye TM2956 : Glevering former mill and millhouse by Adrian S Pye

Flowing beneath Glevering Bridge
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TM2956 : Glevering Bridge - No track laying vehicles allowed by Adrian S Pye TM2956 : River Deben upstream from Glevering Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM2956 : River Deben downstream from Glevering Bridge by Adrian S Pye

Through the former Deben Mills at Wickham Market
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TM3056 : Deben Mill, Wickham Market by Adrian S Pye TM3056 : The outflow from Deben Mill by Adrian S Pye TM3056 : The outflow or tail race from under Deben Mill by Adrian S Pye TM3056 : The old A12 bridge over the River Deben by Adrian S Pye TM3056 : River Deben downstream from the bridge over Lower Street by Adrian S Pye TM3056 : House by the side of the River Deben by Adrian S Pye

Under the A12 bridge at Wickham Market
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TM3155 : River Deben from the A12 bridge by Adrian S Pye TM3055 : River Deben upstream from the A12 bridge by Adrian S Pye

Footbridge and weir at Campsea Ash
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TM3155 : River Deben upstream of Campsea Ash by Adrian S Pye TM3155 : Footbridge over the River Deben by Adrian S Pye TM3155 : Sluice and weir in the River Deben by Adrian S Pye

Campsea Ash former Watermill also known as Loudham Mill
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TM3154 : Loudham Mill with part of Ashe Abbey on the left by Adrian S Pye TM3154 : Ashe or Loudham watermill by Adrian S Pye

At one time there was a mill at Eyke, north of Mill End Farm but nothing remains
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TM3152 : The River Deben at Eyke by Adrian S Pye

Farm bridge upstream of Ufford Watermill
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TM3052 : River Deben at Ufford by Adrian S Pye TM3052 : River Deben at Ufford by Adrian S Pye

The former Ufford Watermill
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TM3052 : Ufford watermill by Adrian S Pye TM3052 : Ufford watermill by Adrian S Pye TM3052 : Ufford watermill, outflow or tailrace by Adrian S Pye

Ufford Bridges
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TM3051 : Ufford Bridge or bridges by Adrian S Pye TM3051 : One of two bridges at Ufford Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM3051 : Across the floodplain with Ufford church in the distance by Adrian S Pye TM3051 : One of the two bridges at Ufford by Adrian S Pye TM3051 : Upstream from Ufford Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM3051 : Downstream from Ufford Bridge by Adrian S Pye TM3051 : Footbridge over a weir at Ufford Bridge by Adrian S Pye

The former Melton Watermill
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TM2951 : Former watermill at Melton by Adrian S Pye TM2951 : Former watermill at Melton by Adrian S Pye TM2951 : Sluice and weir on the millrace by Adrian S Pye TM2951 : Sluice and weir on the millrace by Adrian S Pye

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