- River Idle
The River Idle is a
riverin Nottinghamshire, England. Its source is the confluence of the River Maunand River Meden, near Markham Moor. From there, it flows north through Retfordand Bawtrybefore entering the River Trentat Stockwith near Misterton.
Most of the land surrounding the river is a broad
flood plain, which is now partly occupied by a number of sandand gravel pits. Its main tributaries are the River Poulterand the River Ryton.
In the year
616or 617, the East Angles under Raedwald defeated the Northumbrians under Æthelfrith here, and Æthelfrith was killed. The battle resulted in the establishment of Edwin as king of Northumbria. The site of the battle was believed to be that of the present day village of Eaton, on the southern edge of the town of East Retford.
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